Heralded by Opera News for her “absorbing, provocative staging,” Louisa Muller recently made her UK debut directing a critically-acclaimed new production of The Turn of the Screw for Garsington Opera, which won a 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Award and was named by The Guardian as one of the Top 10 Classical Music Events of the year. Her future engagements include a concert staging of Porgy and Bess with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester at the Internationales Musikfest Hamburg in the 2020–21 season, as well as a new production of Rinaldo for Pinchgut Opera, returns to Los Angeles Opera for Tannhäuser and to Lyric Opera of Chicago for Tosca, and her debut with Opera Colorado for Tosca, all of which were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She will also return to Garsington Opera for multiple productions following her previous critical success there.
Last season, she returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago to direct Madama Butterfly and again to direct to the annual Rising Stars Concert featuring the artists of the Ryan Opera Center, in addition to returning to the Metropolitan Opera roster for Akhnaten. Her new production of Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath at the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2020 was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.
In the 2018–19 season, she debuted with Minnesota Opera and Los Angeles Opera, leading La traviata and Don Carlo, respectively, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for its revival of Don Giovanni. She also returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to stage the Rising Stars Concert.
She received rich critical acclaim for her 2017 staging of Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic, which the New York Times called “riveting…a remarkable evening of music theater” and named among its list of the Best Classical Music Performances of the year. Since 2015, she has been a frequent and beloved presence at Wolf Trap Opera, where she has directed new productions of Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, called “a dazzling thing all around” by the Washington Post; The Rape of Lucretia, with the Washington Post again heralding her work as “an intense wallop of a well-sung production;” Tosca, praised as “searing summer verismo” by Washington Classical Review; and Roméo et Juliette, “the drama taut” and with “compelling stage pictures,” reported the Washington Post.
As a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s directing staff, Ms. Muller has helmed previous revivals of Don Giovanni as well as Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and L'elisir d'amore. At the famed company, she has assisted directors such as David McVicar, Robert Lepage, Robert Carsen, Bartlett Sher, Michael Grandage, Stephen Wadsworth, Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, John Copley, and Giancarlo del Monaco.
Previously she was a staff director at Houston Grand Opera, where she prepared alternate casts of La bohème and Beatrice and Benedict and directed Theofanidis's The Refuge, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly at Miller Outdoor Theatre. She has also served on the directing staffs of Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Opera North (USA).
Invested in the dramatic training for singers, she has been a faculty member of the Scuola di Belcanto, Urbania and has worked regularly with the artists in the Ryan Opera Center and the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She has served as a guest dramatic coach at the National Opera Studio in London, Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists’ Vocal Academy, Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Lawrence University, and the University of Texas at Brownsville, as well as directing opera scenes for the Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera Studio, and Wolf Trap Opera Studio.
She holds degrees from Lawrence University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a citizen of the United States and Germany and makes her home in Vienna.