Photo credit: Louis Melançon,
Metropolitan Opera Archives
Title Design by Robert Fredette
Die Zauberflöte, Westminster Choir College, 2011
Photo credit and lighting design: Julian E. Eubank III
Set design: Buck Linton
Michael Philip Davis is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, stage director and former operatic tenor.
Michael recently produced, wrote and co-directed (with Robert Fredette) the documentary Regina Resnik: New York Original, currently streaming on CUNY TV at http://www.cuny.tv/show/cunytvspecial/PR2006636. The film biography traces the remarkable 70-year career of Regina Resnik (1922-2013), the Bronx-born international opera star and San Francisco Opera favorite, Tony®-nominated Broadway actress, stage director, filmmaker and Jewish cultural figure.
The documentary recently won the Communicator Award of Excellence in Film / Video-Documentary and the Communicator Award of Distinction in Film / Video-History / Biography. Earlier this year Regina Resnik: New York Original won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (LAIFF) and as of this writing is a Finalist in the Festival’s ongoing awards program. The film features on-screen interviews with Broadway legends Harold Prince and Joel Grey; opera greats Martina Arroyo and Teresa Stratas; and Maestros Richard Bonynge, Zubin Mehta and Craig Rutenberg. Ms. Arroyo introduces the film onscreen. Renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is the narrator.
In 1996 Michael conceived the cultural series Remi Arts, Inc. ~ Regina Resnik Presents, presenting unique concerts and performance documentaries live nationwide, on public television and on DVD, including the three-part Jewish music series, Colors of the Diaspora, all narrated by Ms. Resnik. After sixteen years as Remi Arts Vice President, Michael became its President and Executive Director upon Ms. Resnik’s death in 2013.Under Michael’s leadership Remi Arts produced the DVD documentary, Geto: The Historic Jewish Ghetto of Venice, co-written with Ms. Resnik, recently streamed and broadcast on WNET / Thirteen.
Michael’s stage directing credits include: Die Zauberflöte (Westminster Choir College and Connecticut Lyric Opera); Yours, Anne (based on The Diary of Anne Frank, NY State Theatre Institute); the world premiere of Puccini & Coppola’s La Coupe et les Lèvres (Hunter College) and L’Elisir d’Amore (Connecticut Lyric Opera). He also directed The Tragedy of Carmen, Trouble in Tahiti, Kurt Weill in Berlin, Down in the Valley, Gianni Schicchi, Madama Butterfly, Il Tabarro, The Merry Widow and The Medium, in the US and Europe.
Michael’s operatic roles included title role of The Student Prince (New York City Opera); Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (New York City Opera National Company, Central City Opera Festival); Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Cologne); and Romeo (Houston). Other roles in the U.S. and Europe were: Alfredo in La Traviata, Faust, the title role in The Rake’s Progress, Hoffmann and Laça in Jenůfa.
Michael was the tenor soloist of Regina Resnik Presents broadcasts on CUNY TV and in live concert from 1997 to 2007. He co-produced, co-authored and appeared in the critically acclaimed DVD, Regina Resnik Presents Colors of the Diaspora, released by Video Artists International.
Michael lives in New York City with his husband Alberto Bird.