Teiya Kasahara


First-generation Nikkei-Canadian settler Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) is a queer, gender non-binary opera singer and multi-disciplinary theatre creator. They combine opera, theatre, and taiko in their artistic practice through their original works including the Butterfly Project and Yoru: 夜の奇妙, or The Queer* of the Night.

Most recently praised as “an artist with extraordinary things to say” (The Globe and Mail) for over a decade Teiya has performed both traditional and contemporary operatic roles such as Madama Butterfly (Windsor Symphony) to their original work The Queen In Me, set to premiere in 2021. Teiya is a also a co-founder of Amplified Opera, Queer AF Collective, and founder of the Vocal Dōjō.