Michael Phillip Davis
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Michael's productions have ranged from standard repertory -- Die Zauberflöte, Madama Butterfly and L’Elisir d’Amore -- to the world premiere of the Puccini/Coppola La Coupe et les Lèvres, to powerful music theatre -- La Tragédie de Carmen, Yours, Anne (based on The Diary of Anne Frank), and The Medium. For slideshows and video excerpts, click on the highlighted links below:

Stage Directing Credits

Die Zauberflöte

Westminster Opera Theater, Princeton

Die Zauberflöte, L’Elisir d’Amore Connecticut Lyric Opera
La Coupe et les Lèvres (World Premiere)
     (Adaptation of Puccini opera by Anton Coppola)
Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College
Trouble in Tahiti, La Tragédie de Carmen  Todi Music Festival (Virginia)
Madama Butterfly, Down in the Valley, Il Tabarro California Opera Association
Gianni Schicchi California Opera Association, Catskill Summer Festival
The Medium BASOTI, San Francisco
Madama Butterfly, The Merry Widow Opera n the Ozarks

Selected Press

Die Zauberflöte
“Masterfully directed.” - Cori Ellison (Facebook post)

“Everyone onstage was … skillfully directed by Michael Philip Davis ….They positively glowed, sparkled and twinkled through Mozart's enchanting score.” - Larry Kellum online

“…A Spellbinding Magic Flute … high-quality opera that was sophisticated, both musically and dramatically.”
- The Bent Nail: A Teen Opera Blog

Lyric Opera stays on the upswing with a winning 'L'Elisir'
“Musically and comically satisfying performance … The direction by Michael Philip Davis [let] the music flow and the stock comic characters succeed.” -- Milton Moore, The Day (New London, CT)

Gianni Schicchi
“Tucked into the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, this annual festival brought listeners richness beyond what anyone expected — unless you are at one of the world’s top Opera Houses.” – “Culturally Speaking,” Cornelia Seckel, ART TIMES

“Gianni Schicchi… was an utter delight…. Michael Philip Davis directed with fine flow, despite the small stage place. The full house enjoyed the performance and the bravos nearly hit the ceiling.” – John Paul Keeler, registerstar.com, Hudson Catskill Newspapers

Puccini’s ‘Edgar’ Re-Imagined (La Coupe et les Lèvres)
“One cannot but admire their pluck, audacity and imagination. Using handsome front projections, this production created … effective backdrops for each of its six scenes.” - Jonathan Leaf, City Arts

Yours, Anne
“Powerful Stuff…You'll be weeping for what man can and still does to man.” - Albany Times Union

“Powerful story … shines in Anne Frank play... First-rate production ... The familiar story never loses its power ... Tears stood in my eyes ....”- Schenectady Daily Gazette

Yours, Anne a beautiful work... mesmerized by the production ...Michael Philip Davis ... nurses delicate performances from the entire cast ....” - Troy Record

“The musical version of [Anne Frank’s] story …deepens the tragedy, poignancy and even hope… Director Michael Philip Davis gains the full measure of the libretto … and the music in his staging ….” - Ravena News Herald

“There is no other word but ‘beautiful’ for NYSTI’s production of Yours, Anne under the direction of Michael Philip Davis.” - Gailsez.org, New York

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