London-based lyric soprano Cassandra Wright is studying a Master of Arts in Vocal
Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. Cassandra has a fervent interest in the operatic
repertoire of Mozart and Handel, but enjoys Lieder and song repertoire with equal
Since commencing her studies in London in September, she has been accepted as a member
of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle and is preparing the role of Ilia (Idomeneo) for the
upcoming Vocal Department Opera Scenes. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Performance
and a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Queensland Conservatorium where
she received the University Medal for academic achievement. At the Conservatorium,
Cassandra was the recipient of many awards, including the Linda Edith Allen Postgraduate
Singing Award, Elizabeth Muir Prize and the Margaret Nickson Prize. In 2019 she was awarded
the Bettine McCaughan Memorial Scholarship.
Cassandra’s operatic roles include Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera), Manon (Manon), Lisette
(La Rondine) and La Fée (Cendrillon), La Bergere/La Chouette (L’enfant et les sortileges) and
Veronica (understudy) in the Australian Premiere of Dry River Run.
On the concert platform, Cassandra has performed the soprano solo in Haydn’s Nelsen Mass
as well as Bach’s Magnificat, Charpentier’s Te Deum and Handel’s Dixit Dominus. In late 2019,
Cassandra performed in the world-premiere of Stefan Cassomenos’s Dixit Dominus with the
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. She has performed as a soloist with many Queensland
orchestras and choirs including the The Noosa Orchestra, The Queensland Choir and The
Barrier Reef Orchestra. In 2018 she was the soloist with The Queensland Symphony
Orchestra’s Planet Earth Live concert. She also performs regularly with the internationally acclaimed group, The 7 Sopranos.
In 2019, Cassandra was a semi-finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship. In 2018,
Cassandra was the winner of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition where she
also received the People's Choice Award. She has also won the Australian Concerto and Vocal
Competition in 2016.
In addition to her musical studies, she has also received a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from
the University of Queensland.