Canadian lyric coloratura soprano Teiya Kasahara is of Japanese and German heritage and hails from Vancouver, B.C. She is a recent graduate of the COC Ensemble Studio. COC performance credits include Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, the solo in Two Poems by Konstantin Balmont in The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, Frasquita in Carmen, Serpina in La serva padrona, First Wood Sprite in Rusalka, as well as Despina in Così fan tutte and Maturina in Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni in Ensemble Studio productions. Notable understudies include Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Madame Mao in Nixon in China, the title roles in Maria Stuarda and The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, Marzelline in Fidelio, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. This summer she returns to the Aspen Music Festival as Tytania. Ms Kasahara is a Jeunes Ambassadeur Lyrique Laureate and a semi-finalist in the 13th Julian Gayarre International Singing Contest in Pamplona, Spain. She holds a bachelor of music from the University of British Columbia.