Originally from Edmonton, Alberta Cassandra made her Canadian debut in 2013 as Cis in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria. Cassandra made her national theatre debut at The Royal Danish Opera in the 2017/2018 season as Papagena in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. This past summer Cassandra returned to the Canadian stage as Johanna in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre in Victoria, BC. 

Since 2016, Cassandra has been a member of the Opera Academy at The Royal Danish Opera. At the Opera Academy Cassandra has sung Euridice in Gluck's Italian language version of Orfeo ed Euridice, Oberto in Handel's Alcina, Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante, Madame Herz in Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor and Lucia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia which also performed at the Copenhagen Opera Festival in 2017. Other roles studied at the Academy include Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, Zerbinetta in R. Strauss's Ariadne auf NaxosAdina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. On the mainstage she understudied the title role in a new written opera Momo and the Time-theives by Svitlana Azarov. Upcoming roles for her final year at the Academy include Ophélie in Ambroise's Hamlet, Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Sophie in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea

Cassandra keeps engaged internationally. She made her American debut this May as the soprano soloist at The Bach Choir of Bethlehem's 111th Bach Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Under the direction of Greg Funfgeld, they performed and recorded Bach Cantata 21 'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis' and Handel's 'Ode on St. Cecilia's Day' with Analekta Records. In the UK, Cassandra sang Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Hebe in Rameau's Les Indes Galantes at The Woodhouse Opera Festival in Surrey; both productions were under the direction of Brazilian conductor Marcio da Silva. In Portugal, Cassandra sang Zabel in Alfredo Keil's A Serrana, a Portuguese opera, at the Zezere Arts Festival. Previous roles in Canada include Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart), Hanne in The Merry Widow (Lehar), Belinda Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), and Kuchtík Rusalka (Dvořák) at Opera NUOVA.

Backstage as Princess   ( L'enfant et les Sortilèges ) Photo by Nicole Damgaard Sokianos

Backstage as Princess (L'enfant et les Sortilèges) Photo by Nicole Damgaard Sokianos

During her masters degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music Cassandra sang Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, the Princess and the Fire in L'enfant et les Sortilèges, and The Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen. 

Cassandra studied her Bachelors of Voice Performance at The University of Victoria under the tutelage of Canadian tenor Benjamin Butterfield. It was during this time that Cassandra acquired a special affinity for Baroque repertoire with a special interest in the cantatas of J.S. Bach. This summer, Cassandra performed Bach's Wedding Cantata with Concerto Copenhagen at Hindsgavl Festival led by concertmaster and oboist Alfredo Bernardini

As part of the Royal Danish Theatre's outreach program, KGL+, Cassandra did a staged version of Bach's 211Coffee Cantata’ on Ofelia Beach in Copenhagen's harbour.

Cassandra collaborates often with organist and cembalist David Bendix Nielsen, and they have established KantateKollektivet, an ensemble dedicated to performing cantatas. The duo has performed several times together and their repertoire includes full cantatas BWV 51 'Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen' 82a 'Ich habe genug' and 202 Wedding Cantata’.

Highlights of her concert performances include Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Schubert's Mass in E flat, Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten, Mozart's Requiem, Britten's Ceremony of Carols, Carl Nielsen’s Fynsk Forår and 3rd Symphony


Handel's  Messiah  with Camerata Øresund. Photo by Reinhard Wilting

Handel's Messiah with Camerata Øresund. Photo by Reinhard Wilting

Since 2015, Cassandra has worked with one of Denmark's leading Baroque ensembles Camerata Øresund. The ensemble recently performed Bach's Farewell cantata 209 'Non sa che sia dolore' for solo soprano. Lead by the group's concert master Dr. Peter Spissky, the ensemble has toured with an intimate chamber setting of Handel's Messiah across both Denmark and Sweden. In 2016, they were invited to The Næstved Early Music Festival where they performed Charpentier's Te Deum, Litanie de la Vierge and Stabat Mater which was conducted by the legendary Catalan gambist Jordi Savall. In 2017, the group expanded their tour repertoire with Bach's Christmas Oratorio in a setting that included 8 singers with only 2 voices on each part. 

The World Premiere of  Stabat Mater: A Chamber Opera.  Photo by Britt Lindemann

The World Premiere of Stabat Mater: A Chamber Opera. Photo by Britt Lindemann

Cassandra has performed several world premieres of newly written works. As part of the 150th celebration of The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Cassandra was selected as soprano soloist for a commission by Danish composer and professor Niels Rosing-Schow. ‘Nu og Efter’ (Now and After) was performed with RDAM's symphony orchestra at the Conservatory's concert hall (formerly the Danish Radio concert hall). The performance was broadcast live on the national Danish Radio and those among the audience included Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. 

Danish composer Bo Lundby-Jaeger wrote Din Mund er en Smaragd (Your Mouth is an Emerald) which was performed at Cassandra's Masters Recital together with and Canadian percussionist Aaron Mattock. 

When American composer, Frederick Bayani Mabalot wrote his first opera Stabat Mater: A Chamber Opera for 6 voices, Cassandra was cast as the first soprano. The piece premiered at the Pulsar Festival for Contemporary Music

In 2015, Cassandra was invited to Sweden's Vadstena Academy to create the role of The Poet in Moto Osada's new opera Son of Heaven. Shortly after the production, Cassandra was featured on the cover of Sweden's leading opera magazine Tidskriften Opera. 

World Premiere of Moto Osada's  Son of Heaven.  Fall 2015 Cover of Tidskriften Opera Sweden

World Premiere of Moto Osada's Son of Heaven. Fall 2015 Cover of Tidskriften Opera Sweden


UPCOMING

2019

January: Soloist with Promenadeorkestret Lauseniana's New Years Concert Tour

March: Drusillia and La Virtu in Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea at The Royal Danish Opera

June: Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel at Opera Academy

Photo by  Carlee Pilla

Photo by Carlee Pilla