Cassandra Cárdenas, mezzo-soprano, is passionate about creating new opera and classical music experiences. As a Teaching Artist with Arizona Opera’s OperaTunity troupe in 2017, she brought the story of Rusalka to thousands of elementary school students across the state. In August 2018 she returned to Arizona Chamber Opera, creating the title role of Lorelei in a new original work by Arizona composer William Clay. Previously, she has also created the roles of Philine in Mignon (also by Clay) and Mathilde in The Necklace by Thomas Conroy. Cassandra’s knack for comedy shone through in OperAntics, a show creatively exploring opera and jazz favorites at the Herberger Theater, and as Rona Lisa Peretti in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee while studying at the San Francisco Conservatory.
This year, Cassandra begins her sixth season with the Arizona Opera Chorus in their upcoming productions of La Traviata and Le Nozze di Figaro. Previous season credits include Madama Butterfly, Rusalka, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, La Bohème, Eugene Onegin, and Die Zauberflöte.
Cassandra especially enjoys oratorio and concert works and has performed the mezzo soloist roles in Verdi's Requiem, Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) Mass in C (Beethoven), the Ode to Joy Cantata (Tchaikovsky), Elijah (Felix Mendelssohn), and Misa de los Inmigrantes (Henry Mollicone).
Other notable productions include The Great Gatsby with Ensemble Parallèle, Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Suor Angelica. Cassandra has performed in masterclasses with renowned artists Jake Heggie, Kathleen Clawson, and Curt Branom, and coached with Martin Katz, Henry Mollicone and Elizabeth Bachman.
Cassandra resides in Phoenix, Arizona and currently studies with Dr. George Gibson. She earned a Master of Music and graduated with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Leroy Kromm. She holds a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University where she studied with Anne Elgar Kopta.