By Meghan Yuri Young
Photography and video by: Hyghly Alleyne and Eric Black
After embracing their most true self, opera singer, theatre-maker, and Amplified Opera co-founder, Teiya Kasahara, is on a mission to ensure the musical art form is an inclusive experience.
One colleague’s encouragement for Teiya Kasahara to just be themselves changed the trajectory of the multidisciplinary artist’s career. Beyond opening doors to new opportunities within opera, it also led to the eventual founding of Amplified Opera. Through the venture, Teiya and their team hold space for challenging and diverse voices to express themselves — on their terms. Now, as Teiya prepares for the world premiere of their solo show, The Queen in Me, they reflect on how life imitates art.
Now You Know: “Opera is really for the people. And that’s what I want to be able to reinvigorate the industry with again, that it actually was for the people. I want to bring it back to the people.”
The Queen in Me is on at the Canadian Opera Company from June 2 to 4.