about teiya


teiya kasahara is a multi-disciplinary qpoc* performing artist and creator, and first generation Canadian of Japanese and German roots who uses the pronouns she/her and they/them. teiya comes from a background of over 10 years of professional stage experience as a coloratura soprano in various operas across Canada and Europe including Rosina/The Barber of Seville (Teplice, CZ) and Olympia/The Tales of Hoffman (Edmonton Opera). She has been praised as a “magnetic performer” singing with “a dynamic mix of sweetness undercut by strength” (Opera Canada) for their portrayal of Solana in When the Sun Comes Out, Canada’s first lesbian opera at the Queer Arts Festival in 2013, and Toronto’s World Pride in 2014. Her “impeccable” and “effortless” (reviewVancouver) Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute has already been seen across Canada (Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Kitchener & Highlands Music Festival) and in Europe (Prague, Teplice, Opéra de Toulon, & Aalto-Musiktheater Essen). Internationally they portrayed Fata Morgana/The Love of Three Oranges at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, Germany and garnered great success through Aprile Millo’s Operavision Academy (L’accademia Millo-Vetere) where they worked intensively with world-renowned conductor Sir Richard Bonynge in Busseto, Italy, performing at the Museo Renata Tebaldi and Casa di Verdi in Milan.

In Toronto teiya has worked extensively with the with the Canadian Opera Company as both an Ensemble Studio Artist from 2007-2010 and since then as a guest artist, including Echo/Ariadne auf Naxos, Frasquita/Carmen, Lucy/The Telephone. They has also performed with the National Ballet of Canada, Tapestry Opera (Hope/Shelter) and various workshops, Soulpepper, Opera 5 (Offenbach/Hahn), and with Against the Grain Theatre in her highly acclaimed portrayal as Bino/Figaro’s Wedding. Most recently they performed in Theatre Gargantua’s 25th anniversary production Raging Dreams: into the visceral at the Harbourfront Centre.

Alongside their life-long passion for the art of bel canto singing, teiya is recently discovering their new found talents for creation and writing with a strong passion to revolutionize and queer the operatic genre. teiya premiered their first ever one-person show entitled The Queen In Me directed by Andrea Donaldson, as a part of the Emerging Creators Unit, presented through the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Next summer this operatic inspired theatre piece will be further developed with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators and also presented by Theatre Gargantua’s SideStream Cycle.

Exciting collaborations in creation with diverse artists have included singer-songwriter/producer Dinah Thorpe (Superbutch 2016), Raging Asian Women (RAW) Taiko Drummers (Crooked Lines 2016), and percussionist/flautist/composer/arranger Heidi Chan. Collaborations this season include actors and playwrights Bilal Baig, François Macdonald and Sofía Rodriquez with their new collective Queer As Fuck, Wolastoq composer/vocal artist Jeremy Dutcher on his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, pianist Darren Creech, flautist Terry Lim, and videographer Jackie Vignavong. teiya also joins RAW as a new apprentice and will appear as a drummer in performances this summer in and around the Toronto area.

teiya is an active voice teacher of all genres, the founder and head coach of the voice and wellness studio the vocal dōjō, co-creator and producer/director of the web series Lesbo Miserables, and actor in the acclaimed YouTube series Opera Cheats. Her upcoming web series is called Operatude where she discusses what life is like being a queer butch opera singing dyke.

They a multi-awarding winning artist, most recently a recipient of a multiple Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators from the Ontario Arts Council (2017 & 2018) and various travel grants from the Canada Council for the Arts.

A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and the University of British Columbia, you can follow their latest news and posts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube @teiyakasahara.