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Province/Territory: British Columbia
Role(s) in this year's festival:
The Secretary: "The Consul"
Mae Tuck: "Tuck Everlasting"
I am preparing for NUOVA’s program by watching past recordings of both productions in which I am involved, investigating relevant historical significance, and singing through my roles in my apartment using my handy voice mute. Most importantly, I am using rest time to my advantage and staying healthy.
NUOVA’s programs will allow me to revisit stage productions, which I appreciate immensely, given the devastation that came upon arts organizations during the pandemic, and the resulting lack of work. After patiently waiting since my first acceptance offer in the winter of 2019, participating in NUOVA this year makes me feel confident that the performing arts are recovering, and returning triumphantly.
Equipped with a bright, bell-like voice, mezzo-soprano Cassidy Stahr (B’Mus 2020) lives and works as a freelance vocalist and arranger in Victoria, BC. In addition to her debut with Pacific Opera Victoria in Puccini’s Il Trittico in October 2019, she was a featured artist in their 2020 summer outreach program, Pop-up Opera: an accessible concert series exhibited in various public spaces in the greater Victoria area. This April, when Pacific Opera returns to the stage, she will sing in the ensemble of Don Giovanni. She has a choral scholarship position at Christ Church Cathedral, and is an active member of their music community. Cassidy is also an experienced jazz vocalist and vocal jazz arranger; she is the interim sessional instructor of the performance-based Vocal Jazz ensemble course at the University of Victoria.