OPERA FREAK MEETS THEATRE GEEK

Opera singer, actor, theatre creator, producer, arts leader, teacher, taiko drummer…

Having many interests was always something Teiya was known for in her youth whether it was piano lessons, writing songs on the guitar, soccer, choir, jazz band, student council, learning German, or public speaking. But being solely a professional opera singer for 9 years post university wasn’t about to hold her from exploring her…

 
 
Photo credit: Janet Kimber.

Photo credit: Janet Kimber.

 
 

Whole-heartedly empowering authentic artistry.

My name is Teiya, and this is my artistic philosophy: I was asked to do this by an opera director early in my career, probably over ten years ago. The person who asked me is Tom Diamond. You might know him or know his work. Tom is loud, bold, no-holds-barred out there in his beautiful gayness and artistic fervour, simultaneously. I envied his courage and ability to be fully and authentically himself in every way possible. I idolized him. I envied him. And I feared him. Looking back I don’t think I actually feared the man, but I think I feared the joy and self-worth he had for himself and for opera.

 
 
 
 
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Opera freak meets theatre geek.

 
 
 
 
ROM’s Friday Night Live: Teiya Kasahara in their solo show  The Queen in Me  with David Eliakis on the piano, Nov 2018. Photo credit: Catherine Wilcox.

ROM’s Friday Night Live: Teiya Kasahara in their solo show The Queen in Me with David Eliakis on the piano, Nov 2018. Photo credit: Catherine Wilcox.

creative projects

Since late 2016, Teiya has begun creating theatre, playwriting and performing in an opera-inspired solo theatre show called The Queen in Me, originated at…

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Teiya Kasahara and Justin Ralph in Opera 5’s  Bataclan  (Offenbach), Sep 2013. Photo credit: Emily Ding.

Teiya Kasahara and Justin Ralph in Opera 5’s Bataclan (Offenbach), Sep 2013. Photo credit: Emily Ding.

when is teiya performing next?

Here is Teiya’s official calendar for 2018-2019 season, updated as new shows are scheduled. You can also check out her past performances!

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Queen Elizabeth Stage, Vancouver BC. Photo Credit: Bryce Evans.

Queen Elizabeth Stage, Vancouver BC. Photo Credit: Bryce Evans.

why we need to “amplify” artists…

No, I’m not talking about mics and speakers, I’m talking about creating change in the systemic way we have done things in Arts, but more specifically, in opera.

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(L-R) B-K Chan, Teiya Kasahara, Jayd Matyas, performing “Shima Uta” with Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers at  Crooked Lines , Mar 2016. Photo Credit: TBA.

(L-R) B-K Chan, Teiya Kasahara, Jayd Matyas, performing “Shima Uta” with Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers at Crooked Lines, Mar 2016. Photo Credit: TBA.

photos, videos and more

A gallery of performance photos, backstage pics, videos and more. Coming Soon!