Michael Hidetoshi Mori, Stage Director
Michael Hidetoshi Mori is an award-winning stage director and the Artistic Director of Tapestry Opera in Toronto, Canada. In 2016, the CBC named Michael and Tapestry Opera as one of ten artists changing the artistic landscape of Canada.
Recently, for the world premiere production of Rocking Horse Winner (2016), Michael won the Dora Mavor Moore award for outstanding direction and as producer helped Rocking Horse Winner garner a total of 5 awards at Toronto’s prestigious theatre awards, including best production making it the most awarded show in Toronto for that awards season. As a performer and music director, Michael has been nominated for a Juno Award and was awarded the West Coast Music Award for Classical Music with the Vancouver-based ensemble musica intima.
Michael is a versatile stage director, working in both urban site-specific settings as well as conventional opera houses. His most recent major directorial projects include a new production of Il Trittico for Palo Alto’s West Bay Opera, the world premiere of Brian Finley and Agnes Herzberg’s The Pencil Salesman at the Westben Festival, the world premiere of Gareth Williams and Anna Chatterton’s Rocking Horse Winner for Tapestry Opera, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for Fresno Grand Opera and Townsend Opera, and a new production of The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Columbus.
A highlight among Michael’s most innovative projects is Tapestry Explorations (Tap:Ex), an annual staged concert experience that collides opera with other artistic forms. The series has experimented with fully choreographed art-music (Revolutions), synthesizing cut-film, track, turn-table, live soprano and percussion (Tables-Turned), a new collaboration with punk band Fu*ked Up (Metallurgy), and an opera-Persian music-hip hop mash up entitled Forbidden, dealing with elements of gender and sexual politics..
As an artist-activist with a passion for grassroots collaborations and innovations, Michael founded Indie Opera T.O, an association of twelve small-to-medium Toronto companies working together to forge a vibrant underground opera scene. He additionally sits on the board of Canada’s association of professional opera companies Opera.ca, as Vice-Chair.