© Michael Hidetoshi Mori

Photo: Dahlia Katz


About Michael


“Michael has quickly become a dynamic leader in the Toronto opera community.”

Alexander Neef; General Director, Canadian Opera Company 

Michael Hidetoshi Mori is an award-winning Canadian/American stage director, and the Artistic Director of Tapestry Opera in Toronto, Canada. A trained baritone and actor, Michael made his performance debut in New York City at the age of 11 with the Dicapo Opera, and as a child performing artist he toured the U.S. and Europe extensively. After completing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in opera performance at the University of British Columbia, Michael obtained diplomas from Die Wiener Meisterkurse, Vienna, and Die Universität Mozarteum Sommerakademie, Salzburg.

In 2015, Michael was named one of ten Torontonians to watch by the Toronto Star for his ambitious new direction at Tapestry Opera and his community leadership. He 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 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 (2015).

A highlight among Michael’s most innovative projects is Tapestry Explorations (Tap:Ex), an annual 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), and a new collaboration with punk band Fu*ked Up (Metallurgy). Past credits as a stage director or assistant director have included productions in Toronto, Vancouver, St. John’s, Columbus and Dallas.

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.

[Rocking Horse Winner] projected both sensitivity and assurance and received an elegant production by Tapestry artistic director Michael Hidetoshi Mori, who directed with exemplary clarity.”

– Opera News

The Pencil Salesman

World Premiere
July 2016 Westben Festival

Rocking Horse Winner

World Premiere
June 2016 Tapestry Opera

TapEx: Metallurgy (ft. Fu*ked Up)

World Premiere
November 2015 Tapestry Opera

Tap:Ex Tables Turned

World Premiere
March 2015 Tapestry Opera