Heralded by Opera News for her “absorbing, provocative staging,” Louisa Muller made her European debut last season directing a critically-acclaimed new production of The Turn of the Screw for Garsington Opera, named by The Guardian as one of the Top 10 Classical Music Events of the year. In the 2019-20 season, she makes her debut with Opera Colorado leading Tosca, returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to direct Madama Butterfly and the annual Rising Stars Concert featuring the artists of the Ryan Opera Center, in addition to returning to the Metropolitan Opera roster for Akhnaten. Following her debut at the Aspen Music Festival with a new production, future engagements include Tannhäuser with Los Angeles Opera, Rinaldo with Pinchgut Opera, and a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Last 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 renowned 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.