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.