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Eli Villanueva

Eli Villanueva

Eli Villanueva


Eli Villanueva has earned outstanding credentials as a baritone soloist, and has become a respected name as a stage director and published composer. He has appeared internationally in leading baritone roles including Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème and Falke in Die Fledermaus with such noted companies as the San Francisco Opera Center and LA Opera; as well as for the Cultural Arts Festival in Cortona, Italy. For LA Opera, Mr. Villanueva has directed numerous productions conducted by James Conlon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles, including Benjamin Britten’s Noah’s Flood presented in celebration of the composer’s centenary. This event combined a community cast and orchestra of over 400 as well as professional artists from LA Opera. Mr. Villanueva is resident stage director for LA Opera’s acclaimed Education and Community Engagement department. For their In-School Opera programs, he teaches and directs more than 1,500 students annually in original productions. These one-act operas include his very popular compositions, Figaro’s American Adventure and The Marriage of Figueroa, created in collaboration with his brother LeRoy Villanueva as librettist. Mr. Villanueva’s compositions are praised for their appeal to audiences and performers alike. In addition, compositions ranging from solo vocal and choral works to popular handbell songs can be found through publishing companies like Fred Bock Music and Laurendale Associates. Mr. Villanueva has appeared as guest stage director for universities throughout Southern California.

Productions at LA Opera

  • Jonah and the Whale

    Jonah and the Whale