About the Artistic Team
Metro Youth Opera’s Artistic Team is made up of Toronto’s most talented emerging Stage Directors, Music Directors, and more. Past Artistic Team members include Jennifer Szeto (2011-2012) and Blair Salter (2013-2014). Since her time with Metro Youth Opera, Ms. Szeto has been a member of the Atelier lyrique at l’Opéra de Montréal and of the Ensemble Studio at the Canadian Opera Company. Ms. Salter has been a 2014 Merola Artist, and is pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Michigan under the esteemed tutelage of Martin Katz.
Driven to explore and extend the Singer’s range in the craft of storytelling and performance, Alison began directing as an undergraduate at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. After completing her Honors Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, she began her private teaching studio in her native city of Toronto. In 2009 and 2010, she was chosen to complete the Stage Direction Fellowship at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy. Her recent credits include directing Metro Youth Opera’s Triple Bill and L’elisir d’amore and performing in Pelleas et Melisande for Opera aan Zee in Noordwijk, Netherlands. Assistant Director credits include Giulio Cesare for OperaLondon, SONGSPIEL with Sylvia McNair for American Opera Theatre, Dido and Æneas at the international opera festival, Operadagen Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Aureliano in Palmira at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Italy, and back home in Toronto, Obeah Opera by Nicole Brooks for b current Performing Arts Co., where she also serves as Artistic Producer. She is currently developing a staged adaptation of Canadian composer Claude Vivier’s Love Songs for presentation in Toronto.