Acting Workshops, Seminars and Residencies


 

Over the past 15 years, Nic has broadened his focus to include in-depth training of young artists: singer-actors, stage directors and designers, as well as Teachers of Acting. By continually refining his teaching methods, he has developed an approach that is detailed and easy to assimilate, achieving results that are both immediate and long-term. His teaching is no-nonsense, extremely practical and aims to inspire rich thinking about art, opera and each character that is being explored. He offers seminars with a flexibility of content, duration and cost to suit the needs of the organization.

To get a sense of what he covers in his acting seminars, peruse his Intro to Acting>>

In addition to his “home” institutions (CCM, Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Bard Conservatory and UNCSA), he has trained young artists at the following organizations: MET Lindemann Program, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera Center Merola Program, Music Academy of the West, Indiana University, New England Conservatory, Boston University Opera Institute, Yale School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Atlantic Music Festival,  University of Kentucky, Temple University, Montclair State University, Missouri State University, Texas Tech University, University of Missouri at St. Louis, University of California at Humboldt, Rising Star Festival, Vianden International Festival, University of Miami and Miami University of Ohio. In Asia: Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Program, Shanghai Conservatory, Wuhan Conservatory, Kyung Hee University (Seoul), TIVAA Institute (Tokyo).


REACTIONS FROM THE FIELD

Carol Vaness

 

“We first met as colleagues while working on a production of IL TROVATORE in Seattle in 1989. I found Nic then as I find him now: brilliant to work with, wonderfully thoughtful and sincerely interested in what suits each and every singer’s talent. He is quite simply one of the best directors with whom I have ever worked. His master class at Indiana University was by far one of the most popular public classes ever given here. Everyone was entranced with his ability to reach and make progress with every one of the students chosen to participate. The class lasted four hours and no one even wanted to take a break.
Carol Vaness, Metropolitan Opera and Professor at Indiana University

 

 

Carlisle Floyd

“I had seen Mr. Muni’s work in professional houses, such as the New York City Opera, but had never had occasion to work with him until he produced and directed my opera, OF MICE AND MEN at CCM. I found him to be a man of intelligence and imagination in the theater and remarkably approachable. It has been my good fortune to work with some of the finest directors from the theater and opera worlds, and, like them, he shares a security of ego that permits him to consider and at times adopt ideas other than his own if he is convinced it benefits the work at hand. This lack of intransigence and this commitment to creating the best final product through trial, error, and re-thinking is a vitally important aspect of the teacher-director for students to observe and experience first hand: it also creates a comfortable atmosphere in which young student-artists can learn and grow rather than be stunted by excessive dogmatism and intimidating instruction. He seems to me to exemplify the teacher-director who is professionally and artistically sufficiently secure as to invite the student’s active participation in their own learning process.”  – Carlisle Floyd, American Composer

 

“I certainly recognize Nic as one who is respected in the business, and I know his devotion to training. He directed L’AMICO FRITZ for me at the Merola Opera Program in the summer of 2009 (returning for LA FINTA GIARDINIERA in 2012 & DON PASQUALE in 2015) and confirmed his abilities to me, as I watched him bring together his casts of young singers into a most cohesive group.  The staging was well paced, well spaced and was simple, powerful story-telling. The audiences were thrilled by his work…”
Sheri Greenawald, Director of San Francisco Opera Center

 

 

“I had the great pleasure of meeting Nic Muni and getting to know his work at a National Opera Association conference.  We were then fortunate to have him come do a residency at my primarily undergraduate university, which helped jumpstart a real change of perspective among our opera students.  In the weeks before his arrival, students read his writings on being a singing actor – it planted the seeds and putting it in practice with Nic blew them away.  His intense, supportive, and detailed work benefited my students immensely. Their artistry was freed and investment to character shifted to a more dominant role. As a director, I was able to reap the benefits throughout our spring productions. We’d never had someone as dedicated to the acting side of the craft visit, and the work they did with Nic empowered them to ask questions.  They have started to think differently about their responsibilities to the music, the character, and to the audience. The students have been applying what they learned to their arias, art songs, scenes, and I see a huge improvement in their auditions as well.  I honestly can’t get him back here fast enough!”
Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn, Director of Opera at Missouri State University and Resident Stage Director, Springfield Regional Opera

 

“Nic Muni is a virtuosic craftsman, emboldening students and directors alike to redefine powerful storytelling. He is a dynamic master teacher with profound insights based on years of experience. His work with my students was transformative; each master-class an inspired playground for the development and exploration of the actor-musician. Possessing a tremendously generous spirit, Muni is unparalleled in his ability to impart the critical demands of the operatic world. My students and I were more than just affected by his artistry. We were left with Muni’s singular imprint and a desire to mirror his brilliance.
Dr. Stella Markou, Director of Vocal Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis

 

J. F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

“Mr. Muni has effectively helped our young singers further develop their skills and talents. His input guided the artists in our program towards cohesive performances that included dramatic dynamics into the voice. In addition, he helped our singers strengthen their techniques in order to create truly convincing characters on stage. The Domingo-Cafritz YAP also trains directors, conductors, and coach accompanists. Mr. Muni devoted his efforts to contribute to their development as well, mentoring our YA stage director in the preparation of scenes, and instructing our coaches to work towards a comprehensive result. Mr. Muni’s knowledge of every aspect of the performance process brings an integrated perspective to the table. With his unique skills and background, he is a key team member, who excels in bringing emerging artists into the professional world.”
– Maria Crovetto, 
Former Director of Domingo-Cafritz YAProgram at Washington National Opera

 

Vianden Castle in Luxembourg

Vianden Castle in Luxembourg

 

“Mr. Muni did a superb job of coaching young singers on their stage demeanor, achieving a high level of understanding and an execution of the dramatic sense of operatic scenes he staged. His style of work was always marked by extreme patience, respect for the singers and desire and ability to unfold their individual gifts. His knowledge and command of the métier was remarkable and he was able to achieve in a very short time the utmost results in making the opera scenes very expressive and believable. His stagings of both American Musical Theater programs were absolutely brilliant.”
Semyon Rozin, Director of Vianden International Music Festival, Luxembourg

  

 

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