Photo: Louis Melançon
(Courtesy Metropolitan Opera Archives)
Adaptation: Robert Fredette
Die Zauberflöte, Westminster Choir College, 2011
Photo credit and lighting design: Julian E. Eubank III
Set design: Buck Linton
Michael Philip Davis has had a versatile forty-year career as director, producer, author and tenor. He is currently the producer, author and co-director (with Robert Fredette) of the film biography, Regina Resnik: New York Original, to premiere on New York public television in fall 2017.
In 2013, Maestro Lorin Maazel chose Michael to be Video Director of the Castleton Festival in Virginia. Over the next three seasons Michael filmed La Fanciulla del West (the last video performance of Maestro Maazel); La Voix Humaine (both the play and the opera); Madama Butterfly; Don Giovanni; Roméo et Juliette; L’Heure Espagnole; and the world premiere of Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg. (Watch an excerpt from Fanciulla HERE.)
In 1996 Michael conceived the concert and documentary series Regina Resnik Presents. After sixteen years as Vice President, he 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, now streaming 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 has 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, both in the U.S. and Europe.
Operatic roles as tenor: 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 Roméo (Houston). Other roles in the U.S. and Europe: 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, previously released on DVD by Video Artists International