Cassandra Zoé Velasco makes her company debut in the 2017-18 season, appearing as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Recent engagements for Ms. Velasco included a return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. For Mexico’s Teatro Teatro Degollado she made her debut as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Buttrfly and appeared as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Ash Law Festival.
Since the young age of 22, Ms. Velasco has been starring in productions in Mexico City, including La Scala di Seta, and L’Ocassione fa il Ladro with ProOpera, Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Isolier in Le Comte Ory with Mexico National Opera Company, Isabella in Italiana in Algeri with Arpegio Productions, and Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther with Festival Frances. She made her Opera de Bellas Artes debut as Lola in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, followed by Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
In the United States, her performances include Second Flower in Catan’s La Hija de Rappaccini with Gotham Chamber Opera, Myrtale in Massenet’s Thaïs, sharing the stage with Plácido Domingo, Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen conducted by Placido Domingo, 2nd Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and the world premiere of Jonah and the Whale, all with Los Angeles Opera.
On the concert stage, Ms. Velasco has been a soloist with Los Angeles Opera Camera Orchestra, the Dream Orchestra, Charlemagne Orchestra in Belgium, Vivi Vilvaldi Festival and the Aguascalientes Philharmonic in Mexico. Her concert repertoire includes Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses, Mozart’s Requiem, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Beethoven’s C Minor Mass, Verdi’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
A recent graduate of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera, Ms. Velasco was a semi- finalist of the 2012 edition of Operalia. Additionally, she represented Mexico at the Monserrat Caballé Competition (Spain), the Competizione dell ́Opera (Germany) and the Teatro Colón Competition (Argentina). Most recently, she received the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2013), an Encouragement Prize from the Loren Zachary Competition (2014), the Therese Anne McCarthy Memorial Prize at Opera San Miguel (2014), and she received a grant from Opera Buffs (2014).