Nikkei Canadian settler Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 (they/them) is a queer, trans non-binary opera singer and creator-performer based in Tkarón:to on Treaty 13 lands, colonially known as Toronto. Heralded as “a force of nature” (Toronto Star) and “an artist with extraordinary things to say” (The Globe and Mail), Teiya was recently featured in the CBC short-doc OPERA TRANS*FORMED. They come from a background of over a decade and a half of singing operatic and concert roles in North America and Europe such as the Queen of the Night/THE MAGIC FLUTE (COC, Aalto-Essen, Vancouver, Edmonton), Cio-Cio san/MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Windsor Symphony), Fata Morgana/L’AMOUR DES TROIS ORANGES (Aalto-Essen), and the soprano solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Vancouver, Kingston).
Teiya is the creator-performer of the five-time Dora award nominated show THE QUEEN IN ME, which premiered to sold out audiences and rave reviews at the Canadian Opera Company in 2022, and has since toured internationally. Within their creation practice they explore the intersections of identity politics by disrupting and reimagining the operatic canon through their original works currently in development: THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT, 夜 YORU (or WHEN THE NIGHT BECOMES ONE SOUND), and LITTLE MIS(S)GENDER.