Cassandra Aaron Black has performed as a soloist in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, China, throughout the United States, and is making her Thailand debut. The Houston Chronicle described her as “Moving, masterful, and marvelous,” Culture Map called her “Nothing short of thrilling,” and the St. Petersburg Times said “Cassandra was dazzling.”
Since her operatic debut, she has been sought after for more than twenty leading soprano roles in both the contemporary and standard repertoire such as “Marie Antoinette” in The Ghosts of Versailles, “Doll Common” in Vera of Las Vegas, “Floria Tosca,” “Leonore” in Fidelio, “Donna Anna,” and “Fiordiligi,” to name a few.
One of Cassandra’s highlights has been portraying the extremely demanding role of “The Dirty Duchess, Margaret of Argyll” in Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face for which UK’s Opera Magazine said, “Cassandra Black …was fully up to the musical and dramatic challenges. Unfazed by the punishingly wide-range vocal writing she sang with allure and acted with assurance.”
Ms. Black’s concert appearances include the Houston Symphony, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Veridian Symphony and the Woodlands Symphony as well as a concert with Opera Louisiane.
Recently Ms. Black covered Norma with St. Petersburg Opera, sang her first Verdi Requiem, two Mozart Requiems, and two role debuts as “Donna Anna” in Don Giovanni and the Mother in Hänsel und Gretel with Opera in the Heights. This coming season she will be returning to the Skylight to sing her her first Tosca and revisit her success as the “Dirty Duchess” in Powder Her Face.