Michael hails from over twenty years as a performer and recording artist, eight years as a director, and eight years working in administration including UBC Opera, musica intima, and now Tapestry. Michael began performing as a boy in NYC. His pursuant training has encompassed theatre, dance, and music, including a Masters in Opera Performance. Previous to moving to Toronto, he was a singer, co-Artistic Director, and Artistic Coordinator with Vancouver's musica intima and with them has toured Europe, been nominated for a Juno, and won best classical album in Western Canada. As a stage director Michael has directed or assistant directed operas in Toronto, Vancouver, St. John's, and Dallas, TX. The current Artistic Director of Tapestry, Michael is truly excited about the vitality of contemporary opera and Tapestry's place in championing a renaissance in the music, text, and idiom of performance.