Who we Are

The voice of opera in Canada

Board of Directors

Michael Hidetoshi Mori Chair

Michael Hidetoshi Mori is a “shot of adrenaline to opera”. Michael is a leading international voice in socially and artistically progressive opera and music theatre. An award-winning Canadian/American stage director, and the General Director of Tapestry Opera in Toronto, he is frequently sought as a director, dramaturge, producer and speaker. Bringing new works from concept to full realization is his specialty, having commissioned and developed more than ten new operas over the past five years. Michael is the Chair of Opera.ca, Canada’s association of professional opera companies, and was recently one of two delegates invited to represent Canada at the 2018 World Opera Forum in Madrid, where he presented on diversity in opera. Michael’s leadership at Tapestry Opera has led…

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Ian Rye Vice Chair

With Pacific Opera, Ian has stewarded the creation of over 50 original opera productions, new opera commissions, cultivated an enhancement of artistic scope, and orchestrated a co-production model that has positioned Victoria-made productions on opera stages across Canada and the U.S. He has stewarded youth and education programs, community collaborations, and was key to the creation of the Baumann Centre as a community hub for increased participation in opera. Previously, Ian was the Director of Production and Artistic Administration for Pacific Opera Victoria, the Director of Production at the Belfry Theatre and an Instructor of Lighting Design at the University of Victoria. His scenic and lighting designs for dance, opera and theatre have played at notable stages across Canada. His…

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Tim Yakimec Secretary - Treasurer

Tim recalls seeing a touring show of Edmonton Opera when in junior high school in the 70’s in small town Alberta. Little did he know he would be in a leadership position with the company over 30 years later! The power of the human voice made an impact then and it still does now – hence, the ongoing association with the company. Then, in University, the connection was as a summer student developing lesson plans for the season of student dress rehearsals. Only a few years later, after completing his education degree majoring in music and art, and after teaching high school band, choral and art for a few years, he ventured back to MacEwan college to complete his diploma…

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Dean Burry

Toronto-based Composer and Educator Dean Burry joins the Canadian Children’s Opera Company as Artistic Director following two decades of dedication to children’s opera in Canada. He has been a key player in the Education and Outreach Department of the Canadian Opera Company since designing the celebrated After-School Opera Program in 1997. Working as Program Leader, Music and Stage Director he has created over fifty operas with young people in various Toronto communities. He has developed and/or implemented many highly successful outreach programs for such organizations as the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Canadian Opera Company, Soundstreams, Ontario Arts Council, Live Bait Theatre, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Toronto District School Board. He is…

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Staff

Executive Director: Christina Loewen, christinal@opera.ca

General Manager: Joel Klein, j_klein@opera.ca

LINK Programs Associate: Jaclyn Grossman, jaclyn@opera.ca

Social Media Associate: Ryan McDonald, ryan@opera.ca

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Member Directory of Canadian Opera Artists and Independent Arts Workers

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Our Supporters

The Association for Opera in Canada acknowledges and thanks all of its funders and supporters for their generosity and commitment.

Supporting Organizations

  • Government of Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport

Sponsors

  • Domoney Artists Management
  • Opera de Montreal
  • Pacific Opera Victoria
  • Stingray Classical
  • Truck n Roll
  • Vancouver Opera

Supporting Foundations

  • Azrieli Foundation
  • RBC Future Launch

Individual Supporters—
Opera Artist Emergency Relief Fund

  • Catherine D’Angelo
  • Adam Da Ros
  • Hans and Susanne Forbrich
  • Ian Henderson
  • Nina Horvath
  • Rodney M. Kerr
  • Chantal Lambert
  • Christina Loewen
  • Michael Mori
  • Wendy Nielsen
  • Kat Williams
  • James Wright
  • Tom Wright

 

Individual Supporters—
$500 & Above

  • Dean Burry
  • Richard Cook
  • Larry Desrochers
  • Chantal Lambert
  • Christina Loewen
  • Robert Milne
  • Bruce Munro Wright
  • Ian Rye
  • Ann Summers Dossena
  • James Wright
  • Tom Wright
  • Tim Yakimec

 

Individual Supporters—
Up to $499

  • Catherine D’Angelo
  • Adam Da Ros
  • Domoney Artists Management
  • Hans and Susanne Forbrich
  • Kim Gaynor
  • Michael Gray
  • Ian Henderson
  • Cheryl Hickman
  • Highlands Opera Studio
  • Nina Horvath
  • Rodney M. Kerr
  • Lorna MacDonald
  • Michael Mori
  • Marion Newman
  • Wendy Nielsen
  • Rosemary Thomson
  • Robert Vineberg
  • Kat Williams