Così fan tutte
June 30; July 10, 13, 15, 2016
A recent graduate of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera, mezzo-soprano Cassandra Zoe Velasco (Dorabella) is considered one of Mexico’s rising stars of opera. Velasco was a semi-finalist of the 2012 edition of the Operalia competition. 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, Velasco has starred in productions in Mexico City, including La Scala di Set, 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 L’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 2014-2015 included Laura in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in her Metropolitan Opera debut, singing de Falla’s El Amor Brujo in Poland, Vivaldi’s Salve Regina in México, Philomène in Bohuslav Martinů’s Alexandre Bis with Gotham Chamber Opera, and her debuts with San Diego Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago as Isabel/Dolores in El Pasado Nunca Se Termina, as well as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Princeton Festival. The 2015-2016 Season brought her return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Madama Butterfly and Simon Boccanegra and her Carnegie Hall debut singing Mozart’ Mass in C Minor. Upcoming engagements include a debut with Opera San Jose as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and a return to the Metropolitan Opera.