A graduate of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera mezzo-soprano Cassandra Zoe Velasco is considered one of Mexico’s rising stars of opera. Cassandra 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). From the age of 22, Ms. Velasco has starred in productions in Mexico City, including La Scala di Seta, and L’Ocassione fa il Ladro with ProOpera, Angelina in La Cenerentola and Isolier in Le Comte Ory with Mexico National Opera Company, Isabella in Italiana in Algeri with Arpegio Productions, and Charlotte in Werther with Festival Frances. She made her Opera de Bellas Artes debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, followed by Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
This season, Ms. Velasco makes her Santa Fe Opera debut as Linda Morales in Laura Kaminsky’s Hometown to the World. Recent canceled or postponed engagements due to COVID-19 have included Ms. Velasco’s return to the Metropolitan Opera for cancelled productions of Agrippina, Iolantha and Suor Angelica, Carmen with Annapolis Opera, her debut as Isabel/ Dolores in El pasado nunca se termina with Fort Worth Opera, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Nashville Opera, and soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.