Baritone Eli Villanueva has earned outstanding credentials as a performer, 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, LA Opera, and for the Cultural Arts Festival in Cortona, Italy. Recently for LA Opera, Mr. Villanueva directed the acclaimed production of Noye’s Fludde at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles conducted by Maestro James Conlon. This event combined a community cast and orchestra of over 200 as well as professional artists from LA Opera. Presently, Mr. Villanueva is resident stage director for LA Opera’s acclaimed Education and Community Programs department. For their In-School Opera programs, he teaches and directs more that 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 working 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 to 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.