Michael Shell

DIRECTOR

"OPERA SAN JOSE - SILENT NIGHT SYPM..."
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"OPERA PHILADELPHIA - 2014"
The Barber of Seville - Teaser
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"ARIZONA OPERA - 2019"
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Michael Shell

Michael has directed productions for Atlanta Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Omaha, Opera San Jose, Opera Tampa, Opera North, Virginia Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Philadelphia, Houston Grand Opera, and Arizona Opera. Michael is currently a member of the faculty at IU Jacobs School of Music teaching Acting/Opera Workshop as well as directing shows for IU Opera Theater.

Balancing the Stage
Governance, Continuing Education, R.E.D Committees, 2020
Indiana University
Visiting Lecturer - Voice (Acting/Opera), 2018 - Present
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Little Women
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Indiana University, 2020


The Barber of Sevi...
Director

Indiana University, 2020

Xerxes
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Indiana University, 2021


The Turn of the Sc...
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Indiana University, 2021

West Side Story
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Opera San José, 2021


The Barber of Sevi...
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The Atlanta Opera, 2022

Acis and Galatea
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IVAI - Summer Opera Program, Tel Aviv, 2019

Candide
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Des Moines Metro Opera, 2019

Silent Night
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Arizona Opera, 2019

Biography

Michael's productions have been praised by critics across the nation. Of his most recent new production of Candide, it was said by Broadway World that,"This production was one I could watch over and over again. Each moment of the show required the sets, costumes, and actors to be at their best. The final picture of the we see on stage, is a beautiful reminder of what our world can be. While we all have our own beliefs, when we come together, we make something beautiful." The driving force behind his work as a director is to tell the story in the most authentic and theatrical way possible.
Michael was recently appointed as a Visiting Lecturer at Indiana Universities Jacobs School of Music teaching Acting, opera workshop, and directing main-stage productions. As an educator his philosophy is to inform, excite, and empower his students to be the most authentic singing actor possible. Over the past two years he has created the new core of dramatic training courses offered at JSOM.
Michael holds a BM and MM in Music/Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He was a Corbett Scholar at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and studied acting and Scene Study at H.B. Studios on a HB Studios merit scholarship. He has been guest faculty at UNCSA, Florida State University, Oklahoma University, A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute, and Webster University, St. Louis, teaching Opera Workshop and directing Undergraduate Opera Workshop performances. He is also on the faculty of IVAI Summer Opera Program in Tel Aviv.
Michael Shell’s production (originally from Opera Philadelphia), which set the action in a colorful, circuslike Seville around the 1960s, and managed to be actually funny without resorting (I’m looking at you, supposedly humorous Metropolitan Opera production) to tired shtick.”
— Anne Midget - Washington Post

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