Hailed by the LA Times as “mysteriously smoldering…a name to remember,” mezzo-soprano Augusta Caso is becoming known for her “silken…beguiling mezzo” and “fine subtle acting” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle). In the upcoming 2016-2017 season, search Ms. Caso will make her debut with the Center for Contemporary Opera (NYC) as Anaïs Nin in a double-bill of Andriessen’s Anaïs Nin and Odysseus’ Women, and will create the role of Margaret’s Ghost in The Triangle Fire, a new opera by Leonard Lehrman. Augusta sings with Caramoor’s Bel Canto Young Artist program as an Apprentice Artist this summer in Katonah, NY, and joins The Thirteen Choir on several tours. She is excited to join the Ars Musica Chorale’s Encore Young Artist program in 2016-2017.
In 2015-2016, Ms. Caso sang Prince Charming in Cendrillon (Utopia Opera, NYC); the title role in Cenerentola (Opera on Tap, NYC); the cover of Mercédès in Carmen as an Emerging Artist with St. Petersburg Opera (FL); and gave performances of Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra (CT); Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the South Shore Symphony (NY); and Handel’s Messiah with the Winston-Salem Symphony (NC).
Her 2014-2015 season included role debuts as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Regina Opera (Brooklyn, NY); Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Bronx Opera; the title role in Carmen with Regina Opera; and Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette with Maryland Lyric Opera. She also sang with Divaria Productions (NYC) in the creation of a new production about Isabella Colbran-Rossini.
Ms. Caso made her recital debut in Brooklyn in October 2014, which included the world premier of a song cycle by composer Jay Vilnai. In 2015 she performed at Songfest in Los Angeles, and was an Apprentice Artist with Ash Lawn Opera in 2013. She received Honorable Mention at the 2014 Bach Vocal Competition. Additional operatic roles have included Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea; Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito; Dorabella in Così fan tutte; and Johanna in Sweeney Todd. Augusta received her Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She received her Master of Music from the University of Oklahoma, where she was the recipient of a Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts Opera Fellowship. Augusta grew up in Phoenix, Maryland and studies with Andrea DelGiudice.