Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 (they/them) – Creator/Performer
Nikkei Canadian settler Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) is a queer, trans non-binary, opera singer and theatre maker based in Tkarón:to/Treaty 13, and was recently featured in the CBC short-doc Opera Trans*formed. Heralded as “an artist with extraordinary things to say” (The Globe and Mail), Teiya comes from a background of over a decade and a half of singing both traditional and contemporary operatic roles across North America and Europe, recently having performed with the Canadian Opera Company (Pomegranate) and Kingston Symphony Orchestra (soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th). In their practice they explore the intersections of identity through their original works such as the five-time Dora nominated The Queen In Me (world premiere 2022) and The Butterfly Project (Toronto Summer Music Festival 2023), among others. Teiya is a co-founder of Amplified Opera, an artistic associate with Confluence Concerts and long-time collaborator with re:Naissance Opera. This season they will perform with Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Jeremy Dutcher, ChamberQueer in New York City, and sing the soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. For more information visit www.teiyakasahara.com.