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Nicholas Muni

Nicholas Muni

Artistic Director of Fletcher Opera;
Professor of Music

Office: Gray, Studio 250
Phone: (336) 631-1529

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An award-winning stage director with experience on three continents leads the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute, a graduate opera program. Nicholas Muni joined UNCSA in August 2015. As both a full-time professor and the Artistic Director of the Fletcher Opera Institute, he oversees two opera productions per year, including La Tragédie de Carmen the 2015-2016 featured production.

"I think what I bring to my teaching is experience directing opera and training young singers and directors in Europe, Canada, and the US, " Muni said. "I focus on exposing students to the wide array of realities, styles, working methods operating in the field today — as opposed to my own personal artistic preferences for what opera "should" be."

Muni is also a professor of opera at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and the Bard Conservatory in New York. In 2014, Muni presented "New Triad: Acting Essentials for the Audition" at the National Opera Association Conference in New York City. He has served as artistic director for two American opera companies: Tulsa Opera and Cincinnati Opera, and was principal stage director and artistic advisor to the Kentucky Opera. As a freelance stage director, Muni has directed more than 200 productions with companies in North America, Europe, and Australia.

Career Highlights

  • Debuts at New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera company
  • Post-Corbett Award for Artist of the Year (Cincinnati, OH) 2004
  • Canadian DORA award (Toronto) for best opera production of the year, Jenufa 2003
  • AGE award (Melbourne, Australia) for best opera production of the year, Il Trovatore, 1994


Oberlin Conservatory of Music, B.M. Concentrations: Voice Performance (major), Conducting (minor)

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