Cassandra Zoe Velasco


A recent 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.


Engagements for 2018-2019 included Ms. Velasco's return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Iolantha and Suor Angelica, Carmen with Annapolis Opera, and her debut as Isabel/ Dolores in El pasado nunca se termina with Fort Worth Opera. The 2019-2020 season sees her as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Nashville Opera, the cover of Nerone in Agrippina with the Metropolitan Opera, and a soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

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Cassandra Velasco


“Mexican tenor Jesús León was making his Bellas Artes and role debut as Hoffmann so the stakes were high. After a very solid career in Europe, León proved to be ready to perform the challenging role of Hoffmann. His voice is very lyrical, Italianate in color and projec...


"But it's Cassandra Zoe Velasco, as Butterfly's loyal and loving maid Suzuki, whose best encapsulates the audience's revulsion at Pinkerton's cavalier thoughtlessness, seething with rage even as she retains her placid demeanor while watching her mistress' heart shatter...


"Cassandra Zoe Velasco’s hefty mezzo, which made Rodrigo a formidable, potent presence. . . Spoleto’s pick-up orchestra, augmented in Pia by Westminster Choir, remains a marvel, and Lidiya Yankovskaya conducted with the brio and tenderness this opera demands."
-Opera N...


"Cassandra Zoe Velasco, playing Pia’s brother Rodrigo, was stunning. Her voice is not unlike the great Maria Callas, with the familiar timbre of a mezzo as well as amazing coloratura and dazzling high notes. Velasco's voice is perfect for the role of Rodrigo"

-The Post...


"mezzo-soprano Cassandra Zoe Velasco’s brilliant portrayal of Rosina. Refreshingly, Velasco’s Rosina is not the boring, innocent girl without desire, she is a bold character, playing on her sexuality and passion to get her way in the end. . . Matthew Burns’ Doctor Bart...

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