Regina Resnik: New York Original

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     Regina Resnik: New York Original traces the 70-year career of the international opera star, Tony-nominated actress, stage director, filmmaker and Jewish cultural figure, and features on-screen interviews with Broadway legends Harold Prince and Joel Grey, opera legends Martina Arroyo and Teresa Stratas, and conductors Richard Bonynge and Zubin Mehta. Renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is the narrator. Michael Davis wrote, produced and co-directed with Robert Fredette.
     Regina Resnik was catapulted into operatic stardom on 24‐hours' notice in 1942 at age 20, when she appeared as Lady Macbeth with the New Opera Company of New York. She repeated the same feat in her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1944, when she sang Leonora in Il Trovatore.

Aida, Metropolitan Opera, 1944
(Photo: courtesy Metropolitan
Opera Archives)
     After thirteen years as a leading dramatic soprano, she began an even greater career as a mezzo-soprano in 1955, ultimately singing the mezzo and soprano leads in half her repertory. Her legendary musical collaborators include Bernstein, Solti, Karajan, Bruno Walter, Klemperer, Erich Kleiber, Reiner and Rostropovich. In a career spanning fifty years and more than eighty parts in opera and musical theatre--at the Met, New York City Opera, San Francisco, Covent Garden, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, La Scala, Berlin, Hamburg and on Broadway--Ms. Resnik became synonymous with four roles. These are: Carmen, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Klytämnestra in Elektra, and the Countess in The Queen of Spades--all of which she recorded and which have become the standard of comparison.

Resnik as Carmen in the 1950s
(Collection of M.P. Davis)

     With her late husband, the artist Arbit Blatas, as scenic designer, Ms. Resnik directed her own opera productions in San Francisco, Hamburg, Venice, Sydney, Vancouver and Lisbon from 1971 to 1983.

     In 1987, her musical theater début as Fraülein Schneider in Cabaret earned her a Tony Nomination. In 1990, her Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music brought her a Drama Desk Nomination. In 2004, the Metropolitan Opera Guild celebrated the 60th anniversary of her Met debut at Lincoln Center, while London Records released a two-CD retrospective entitled Regina Resnik: Dramatic Scenes and Arias.

Fraülein Schneider, Cabaret, 1987

      From 1997 to 2013, Ms. Resnik directed and narrated the concert series Regina Resnik Presents, under the aegis of the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation Remi Arts, Inc., with her son, Michael Philip Davis. The final accomplishment of Ms. Resnik’s career was the documentary Geto: The Historic Jewish Ghetto of Venice.

Regina Resnik, New York, 2013
(Photo: Amy R. Sperling)