Known for her cinematic and visceral style and tallying over 200 productions, Muriel Von Villas has staged opera, operetta and musical theatre for companies throughout the United States including Falstaff, Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Tosca for Opera International, La bohème and Carmen for Natchez Opera, Company for the Seagle Colony, La Cenerentola for the Domingo Cafrtiz Young Artists Renwick Gallery performance, L'elisir d'amore with Bohème Opera, L'Italiani in Algieri for Berkshire Opera and several opera performances for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. She also staged Rigoletto for Sri Lanka Opera and Gianni Schicchi for the Taiwan Conservatory, where she served as a visiting professor.
With a passion for the development of young talent, Ms. Von Villas has been a stage director with The Domingo Cafritz Young Artists Program, The Minnesota Opera Institute, the Goldovsky Institute, Prelude to Performance, and on the faculty of George Mason University and Georgetown University. She is in her 28th year at The George Washington University where she is stage director and director of the Vocal Theatre Workshop. She has presented lectures at the Smithsonian Insitute on Opera, Puccini, and The Voice.
Ms. Von Villas is a strong advocate for the development of new operas and has worked with contemporary composers Michael Ching, Henry Mollicone, Scott Wheeler, and Erica Muhl, and staged their operas throughout the country.