Niels Muus

Conductor, Director of the Opera Masters Program

Professor, Director of the Opera Masters Program at "MUK" (Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna), Music Director for western opera at "The Central Academy of Drama", Beijing (Zhong Xi)

The Viennese conductor with Danish and American roots, Niels Muus is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Denmark. He further his studied at the Conservatorio San Martino (Bologna), theMozarteum (Salzburg), the Ecole Normale de Musique (Paris), as well as with maestri Franco Ferrara, Carlo Zecchi, Tatjana Nikolajewna and Jakob Gimpel.

Between 1992 and 1999, Niels Muus was a principal conductor at the Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck, and between 1999 and 2003, conductor and casting director at the Volksoper Wien. Recognized as an expert in the field of opera, Niels Muus has conducted some major productions worldwide. Among others, notable was a televised production by RAI of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'amore" from the MacerataOpera Festival (ARTHAUS MUSIK, DENON, RAI-TDK VIDEO,TDK ASIA, ZWEITAUSENDEINSEDITION)- (“critics pick”,New York Times), Rossini`s "L`Assedio di Corinto" for the Culture Olympics inGreece, Dvorak's "Rusalka" for the international H.C. Andersen Year in Moscow and Denmark andVerdi`s "Aida" at the Worker`s Stadium in Beijing (broadcasted by CCTV).

As a symphonic conductor, Niels Muus has given performances in concert halls such as Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Chicago Symphony Hall,National Arts Center Ottawa, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Tokyo Opera City, and TivoliCopenhagen conducting orchestras such as MDR Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker,Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, Chicago Philharmonic, Tokyo MetropolitanSymphony Orchestra, Kanazawa OIK ,Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra,Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. Since 2007 Niels Muus every year represents Austria at the Salute to Vienna concerts in US and Canada.

2008-2011; music director of the international research project "The World Opera" which is in collaboration with major international research institutes such as, Stanford University, McGill University (CIRMMT), New York University, Tromsö University and KTH Stockholm.

Since September 2013 Niels Muus is professor and director of the international highly prestigious OperaMasters Program at the MUK (Musik and Art University Vienna).

Niels Muus is an internationally renowned specialist for the music of W.A.Mozart. He is currently co- director of the MOZART PROJECT – an annual collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,He gives regularly master classes with institutions such as Conservatorio Monteverdi (Bolzano),Netherlands Opera Studio (Amsterdam), Opera Studio New National Theater Tokyo, Opera AcademyKorean National Opera, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, Opera Academy ofCalifornia (San Francisco), Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava and State Opera of Stara Zagora.The discography with Niels Muus include CD and DVD productions for the following labels: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, ARTHAUS MUSIK, GRAMOLA, DANACORD, DYNAMIC, DENON and PREISSER RECORDS WIEN, SOREL RECORDS.

2015 Niels Muus was nominated for the prestigious PULITZER PRIZE (recording: Zaimont 4.symphony) and for the GRAMMY AWARD 2006 (La Pastorella) and 2016 (recording: Prokofiev Pianoconcertos 1+2).

Vocal Master Classes


Repertoire: Arias of operas and operettas, as well as ensemle
Age limit:  19 to 38 years old
Accompanying:  TBA
Course Language:  English, German
Course Structure: Every participant will receive 3 lessons of 60 minutes each.

Prof. Visca & Prof. Muus
Course for Opera Auditions

Repertoire:  Repertoire of Opera Auditions
Age limit :  19 to 38 years old
Accompanying:  TBA
Course Language:  English, German
Course Structure: TBA