Mentor, Music Alive Quartet
Aria Umezawa is a director/consultant whose practice is focused on innovation and social impact. She recently completed an Adler Fellowship with San Francisco Opera – the first stage director to be awarded the fellowship in fifteen years. She was the first Canadian to participate in the Merola Opera Program as an Apprentice Stage Director in 2016, where she directed the Grand Finale to critical acclaim. She has directed for opera companies across North America including San Francisco Opera, West Edge Opera, Cowtown Opera and Against the Grain Theatre. In 2019, Aria presented at the OPERA America conference on the topic of intimacy direction techniques and anti-harassment policies for the rehearsal room. She presented at the 2020 Artistic Administrators Forum on Fostering a Healthier Company Culture for Artists. She is the co-founder of independent opera company Amplified Opera, and wrote the company’s comprehensive Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy.Aria holds a degree in voice from McGill University. During her studies, she facilitated anti-discrimination and harassment workshops on campus through Leadership McGill.