Michael is co-founder and Artistic Director of Music Theatre Wales. Alongside MTW, from 1998–2012 he was Artistic Director of Operatoriet – the contemporary opera studio for Norway, and from 2007–12 he was Dramaturg for FIVE:15 – Operas Made in Scotland for Scottish Opera. In 2012 he led the Opera Creation Academy at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Michael has staged over 40 contemporary operas and worked on more than 100 new works. Other productions include large-scale outdoor stagings of Tosca and Nabucco, and productions of La traviata, Così fan tutte, Il re pastore, Fidelio and Don Giovanni. Also, Cinderella by Peter Maxwell Davies for WNO and S4C Television, The Lighthouse for BBC2 TV and The Forbidden Hymn – a community opera in the South Wales Valleys. Future plans include The Trial by Philip Glass in St Louis, USA and in Scotland, and future productions for Music Theatre Wales. In the 1980s he worked as revival director for The Fires of London.
In January 2015 Michael was awarded Best Director at the Wales Arts Awards for his world premiere production of The Trial by Philip Glass for Music Theatre Wales. His production of Greek won Outstanding Achievement in Opera at the TMA Awards. He was honoured with an MBE at the end of 2015.