Cassandra Zoe Velasco, mezzo-soprano

Cassandra Zoe Velasco photoAt 24 years old, mezzo-soprano Cassandra Zoe Velasco is considered one of Mexico’s rising stars of opera.

She has represented Mexico in the “International Singing Competition Monserrat Caballé” in Spain, “Competizione dell´Opera” in Bremen and Dresden, Germany and the “International Singing Competition Colón Theatre” in Argentina. She was a semifinalist in Placido Domingo’s “Operalia 2012” in Beijing, China, and in 2013 she was selected to continue her operatic training in the prestigious “Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artist Program”, directed by Maestro Placido Domingo at the Los Angeles Opera.

Ms. Velasco is the First Prize winner of several competitions in Mexico, among them the National Singing Competition Carlo Morelli (2011), where she also won the Audience Award, the Maria Callas Award for the best performance of bel canto, the Opera de bellas Artes Award, and the Domingo-Embil Zarzuela Award. In 2012 she won First Prize in the National Competition of Young Voices in Bel Canto. Most recently, Ms. Velasco received the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

Roles performed by Ms. Velasco include Cherubino in “The Marriage of Figaro”, Second Lady in “The Magic Flute” (Los Angeles Opera 2013), Lucilla in “La Scala di Seta,” Ernestina in “L’Ocassione fa il Ladro”, Cenerentola in “La Cenerentola”, Isabella in “Italiana in Algeri”, Rosina in “The Barber of Seville”, Isolier in “Le Comte Ory”, Mercedes in “Carmen”, Charlotte in “Werther” and Lola in “Cavalleria Rusticana”.

Upcoming projects include Daniel Catan’s “La Hija de Rappanccini” with the Gotham Chamber Opera, and Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder” at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico. She will also appear in LAOpera’s 2014 production of “Jonah and the Whale” at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles.