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12.30.2019

“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...

10.22.2019

"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...

08.31.2018

"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...

06.22.2018

"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"

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05.11.2018

"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...

03.06.2018

"Cassandra Zoé Velasco was a charming Rosina whose singing was flexible. In "Una voce poco fa" ("A voice just now") her tones soared up and plunged down her wide, beautifully colored vocal range. Writers often remark that Mexico sends us wonderful tenors and baritones...

11.18.2017

"Channeling her experience at Teatro Colón in 2012 and employing her smoothest porteña accent,Velasco brought an entrancing, vulnerable Maria to the often hardened role. Through swift vocal transitions and visibly raw emotion, it was tempting to overlook the seductive...

09.16.2017

"Cassandra Zoé Velasco as Dorabella is both astute and suggestive, with a strong voice that is as striking as it is thoughtful—almost wise in its delivery." -MetroActive.com

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03.02.2017

"The three wood sprites, played by Hyesang Park (debut), Megan Marino, and Cassandra Zoe Velasco, sounded like three beautiful flutes playing light, bright harmonies with each other. They captured the mischievous, flirtatious spites perfectly." -NY Theatre Guide

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01.14.2016

“Katherine Whyte was both girlish and dignified as the Countess, informing every phrase with emotional intent. The runs to high C in “Susanna, or via sortite,” usually tossed off, became her only weapons against her increasingly violent husband. Cassandra Zoé Velasco’s...

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