Nicholas Muni has just finished his fifth and final year as Artistic Director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute and Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has also served as Artistic Director of More Than Musical, Ltd, a new opera company in Hong Kong, Cincinnati Opera (1996-2005) and (1987-93) Tulsa Opera. His productions have been seen at San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Opera Theater of St. Louis. In Europe he has directed for the Prague National Opera, the Kurt Weill International Festival, Stadttheater Giessen, Opera Ireland, Theater Erfurt, Tirolerlandestheater in Innsbruck and Stadttheater Bern. His revival of Jenůfa at the Canadian Opera Company in 2003 received Canada’s prestigious DORA award for best theater production of the year. More recently, his productions of Norma for Florida Grand Opera received “2016 Best Opera Production Award” for the Miami Cultural Association, and La Tragédie de Carmen, Florencia en el Amazonas and Impressions de Pelléas received 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place, respectively, in Division 5 from the National Opera Association and Impressions de Pelléas was awarded 1st Place in The American Prize opera competition in 2018. Significant productions include: U.S. stage premiere of Das Liebesverbot at Glimmerglass Opera, La Finta Giardiniera & L’amico Fritz at San Francisco Opera Merola; Carmen at Boston Lyric Opera; Cardillac at Opera Boston, U.S. Stage premiere of El Amor Brujo/La Vida Breve at Manhattan School of Music.
Recent projects include: Norma at Calgary Opera, The Dallas Opera and Florida Grand Opera, The Kiss of Tosca and La Traviata at More Than Musical Hong Kong, Crazy in Love at Opera Hong Kong, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at University of Georgia Athens, Le Nozze di Figaro (scenic and lighting design) at Miami University of Ohio, Lucia di Lammermoor at The Academy of Vocal Arts, ConcertArt, Impressions de Pelléas, Florencia en el Amazonas and La Tragédie de Carmen for A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at UNCSA, The Seven Deadly Sins at Tanglewood Music Center, Don Giovanni at Opera Philadelphia and San Diego Opera, Elektra at Michigan Opera Theater; Powder Her Face at Odyssey Opera in Boston, Don Pasquale at San Francisco Opera Merola Program.
Next project: Exotica with Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Program