Cassandra Cárdenas, mezzo soprano, will sing in Arizona Opera's upcoming season in the 45th Anniversary Sapphire Celebration, Rusalka, and Madama Butterfly. Previous season credits include Carmen, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, La Bohème, La Traviata, Eugene Onegin, and Die Zauberflöte. This past spring, Cassandra sang the mezzo role in Verdi's Requiem with Grand Canyon University. In San Francisco, Cassandra premiered the leading role of Mathilde in a revision of chamber opera, The Necklace, where she worked closely with composer Thomas Conroy. On the concert stage, she performed the mezzo soprano roles in Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven, the Ode to Joy Cantata by Tchaikovsky, Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn, and Misa de los Inmigrantes, by Henry Mollicone with the San Jose Symphonic Choir. She made her professional debut in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby with Ensemble Paralléle. While at the Conservatory, she starred in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Rona Lisa Peretti, and found a love for comedy in She Loves Me. Other notable roles include Sister Catherine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Suor Carario in 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.
She earned a Master of Music studying with Leroy Kromm and graduated with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University where she studied with Anne Elgar Kopta.
Cassandra’s music career began as a young violinist, playing in youth orchestras, and competitions throughout her childhood and continued in musical theater and opera pit orchestras during college. Early on, she tried voice lessons to better train her ear and developed a true love of singing with Shiela Jarvis, to whom she will always be grateful.
While not on the opera or concert stage, Cassandra enjoys salsa dancing, home cooked meals, DIY projects, and exploring the outdoors. She currently resides with her husband Gilbert, 1 year old Annabel, dog, and chinchilla in Phoenix, Arizona.