Regina Resnik

Operatic Mezzo-soprano
Born Aug 30, 1922

Regina Resnik is an American operatic singer. Regina Resnik, an American mezzo-soprano, started a dramatic career ten months after earning her B.A. in Music at Hunter College. The role was Lady Macbeth under Fritz Busch in December, 1942 with the New Opera Company. A few months later, she sang Fidelio and Micaela under Erich Kleiber in Mexico City.… Read More

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1922 Birth Born on August 30, 1922.


1942 19 Years Old 1 More Event
She began her career as a soprano in 1942 and soon after began a lengthy and fruitful relationship with the Metropolitan Opera that spanned from 1944 until 1983. … Read More


1943 20 Years Old In February and March 1943 she sang Leonore in Fidelio and Micaela in Carmen at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City under Erich Kleiber.
In the Spring of 1944 she portrayed both Frasquita and Micaela in Georges Bizet's Carmen in the New York City Opera's (NYCO) first season with Dusolina Giannini in the title role. … Read More


1953 30 Years Old In 1953, while singing Sieglinde at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, the conductor Clemens Krauss was to forecast her future, suggesting her voice was actually a mezzo-soprano. … Read More
1955 32 Years Old In 1955 she began a year of restudy with the celebrated baritone Giuseppe Danise. … Read More
1956 33 Years Old On February 15, 1956, she debuted as a mezzo-soprano at the Metropolitan in a brilliant portrayal of Marina in Boris Godunov under Dimitri Mitropoulos.
1957 34 Years Old October, 1957, was the beginning of a long career in London at the Royal Opera House. … Read More


1964 41 Years Old Surely among the happiest memories are three comic masterpieces – her Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, the Marquise in La fille du régiment (with Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti) and her Mistress Quickly in the Bernstein - Zeffirelli Falstaff of 1964. … Read More
1971 48 Years Old …  From 1971 until 1981, she distinguished herself as a stage director with Arbit Blatas, the Lithuanian-born painter and sculptor, as designer. … Read More


1991 68 Years Old Armfeldt (A Little Night Music) at Lincoln Center brought her a Drama Desk nomination in 1991. … Read More
2007 84 Years Old Hunter College invested her with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and, in 2007, the New England Conservatory honored her with a Doctorate of Music. … Read More
2011 88 Years Old Conceived by her son, Michael Philip Davis, and directed by Resnik, this "kaleidescope of Jewish classical song" featured Resnik as narrator and has been televised and shown on CUNY TV; all three concerts were also released on DVD in September 2011 by (VAI 4540). … Read More
2013 91 Years Old Died on August 8, 2013.
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