“Cassandra was dazzling.”
(St. Petersburg Times)
“The best — stylish, big-voiced and sassy.” (Houston Chronicle)
Cassandra Black is glad to be home and thrilled that Veridian Symphony has sprung from the fertile ground of Sutter County. Having performed in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, China, and throughout the United States, Cassandra returns to give back to Yuba City and encourage the growth of music and the arts amongst beautiful orchards and Butte-shadowed sunsets.
Since her departure from Yuba City ten years ago she achieved a Bachelor of Music at San Jose State University and a Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Houston while making her mark on the operatic stage. The Houston Chronicle recently described her as “Moving, masterful, and marvelous” while Culture Map wrote of anticipating an upcoming November opera with the “glamorous Cassandra Aaron Black.” Since her operatic debut, Ms. Black has performed over twenty leading roles from coast to coast and performed as a soloist all over the globe. Her work has been released on DVD as “Charlotte” in Newport Classics’ A Room with a View and “Fiordiligi” in 2 Hungry Dogs’ Così fan tutte.
Cassandra’s orchestral soloist appearances include the Houston Symphony, the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Woodlands Symphony as well as a concert with Opera Louisiane and numerous concerts with the Memorial Drive Concert Series in Houston, Texas. Next week she will be singing the soprano solos in film composer, Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light on the same series. This season, Ms. Black added two staged premieres to her contemporary operatic repertoire, first as Taimi Lepasaar in a documentary opera of World War II in Opera Vista’s And Then I Remember, and later as Ophelia in Pasatieri’s music for Four Shakespeare Heroines with Opera Beaumont. Cassandra then performed the role of Doll Common in Daron Hagen’s Nightmare Cabaret Opera, Vera of Las Vegas for which she received rave reviews from the press and the composer. Just two weeks ago she closed Opera in the Height’s Fille du Regiment as the comedic antagonist, Duchesse de Krackenthorpe.
She will return to Opera Vista this fall to take on the controversial and extremely demanding role of the “Dirty Duchess of Argyll” in Thomas Adès’ tragic biopic opera, Powder Her Face. To stay up-to-date on Cassandra’s singing activities, visit her website cassandrablackonline.com or “like” her Artist Page on Facebook.