Justin Mueller

Justin Mueller

Assistant Professor



Justin Mueller is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Virginia, where he also recently completed his dissertation. Titled ‘Aural Dramaturgies: A New Approach to the Operatic Soundscape’, it seeks to reorient the way we think about operatic sounds by focussing on the ways in which composers and librettists encode sonic detail in scores and libretti, the way directors execute works in performance, and how twenty-first-century audiences experience the artform remediated through various audio/visual media. His broader interests revolve around German opera and culture in the long nineteenth-century, as well as adaptation (especially Shakespearean), reception history, and questions of dramaturgy and mise-en-scène in opera production. His research has been presented at both local and national conference meetings, including a conference on ‘Opera and Popular Culture after 1900’; at the annual conference for Music and the Moving Image; for the Mozart Society of America, and elsewhere.


Prior to arriving at UVA, where Justin received his PhD in 2020, he earned degrees from Stony Brook University (2011) and, later, Tufts University (2013), where his master’s thesis addressed how video and cinematic technologies have impacted the world of opera production in recent decades.


UVA Department of Music
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