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Muriel von Villas
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.