Cassandra Aaron Black has performed in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, China, Thailand, and throughout the United States. The Houston Chronicle described her as “Moving, masterful, and marvelous,” and Culture Map, “Nothing short of thrilling.”
Ms. Black has portrayed more than twenty of opera’s leading ladies 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. Some of the houses she has enjoyed working for include Opera Siam, Opera Philadelphia, St. Petersburg Opera, and Skylight Music Theatre.
Cassandra’s operatic highlights include portraying the extremely demanding role of “The Dirty Duchess, Margaret of Argyll” in Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face for which she received international critical acclaim, traveling to Bangkok for the title role she created in Somtow Sutcharitkul’s Snow Dragon at Opera Siam, and a number of other world premieres.
In concert, Cassandra has sung over twenty oratorios with orchestras from coast to coast and beyond, her most recent being Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Siam Philharmonic.
Recently the acclaimed American composer, Daron Hagen was commissioned to write a song cycle for Cassandra based on the mysterious Mata Hari.