Mentor, Music Alive Quartet
Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) is a queer, gender non-binary, interdisciplinary performer/creator, and first-generation Nikkei-Canadian settler proud to make Tkarón:to their home. Teiya comes from a background of over a decade of singing both traditional and contemporary operatic roles across North America and Europe, most recently praised as “an artist with extraordinary things to say” (The Globe and Mail). They combine opera, theatre, and taiko in their artistic practice and have collaborated with many musicians and organizations including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tapestry Opera, Soundstreams, Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers, Heidi Chan, and Jeremy Dutcher. Teiya’s original works in development include The Queen in Me, Yoru 夜 and the Butterfly Project. Both stem from a decolonizing framework of canonic operatic and classical works by reframing them in contemporary contexts with electronics and new text, juxtaposed with their cultural origin.
Recent work of Teiya’s include: being the intern Artistic Director/Artist in Residence (Nightwood Theatre), Dora-nominated The Wager (Theatre Gargantua); Cio-Cio San Madama Butterfly (Windsor Symphony), Assistant Director of All the Little Animals I Have Eaten (Nightwood), and Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Kingston Symphony (postponed).
Teiya is a co-founder of Queer AF Collective, founder/head coach of the Vocal Dōjō, a former member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, and holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of British Columbia.