|MURIEL VON VILLAS (Stage Director) has been on the faculty
of the GW Department of Music since 1986 as director of the Opera Theatre
Workshop and stage director for opera and musical theater productions.
From 1994 -2005, Ms. Von Villas was the artistic and stage director of Opera
International, for which she directed productions at GW Lisner Auditorium
including Dialogues of the Carmelites, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly,
Le nozze di Figaro and Tosca. In addition to many productions for
GW, Ms Von Villas has directed over 200 opera productions internationally
for Sri Lanka Opera, George Mason University, The Minnesota Opera Institute,
The Little Orchestra Society of Lincoln Center, Bohème Opera, Gold
Coast Opera, Natchez Opera, Seagle Colony, Taiwan Conservatory, The Berskhire
Opera, and was resident stage director and drama vocal coach with Domingo/Cafritz
Young Artists Program, and stage director with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude
to Performance. She was on the faculty of George Mason University from 2003
to 2008, and was a voice teacher at Georgetown University from 2000 to 2004.
Ms. Von Villas studied opera production and stage directing with Wesley
Balk, John Moriarty and Boris Goldovsky. A voice student of the late Todd
Duncan, Ms Von Villas teaches voice and coaches opera and vocal repertoire
in her studio in Falls Church, Virginia. Ms. Von Villas received her BM
in Voice from The Boston Conservatory, was assistant to John Moriarty in
the Opera Department, and continued graduate studies in opera at The New
England Conservatory of Music.