The Queen in Me

Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) in the World Premiere of The Queen In Me, 2022. Co-Presented by the Canadian Opera Company, Amplified Opera, Nightwood Theatre, and Theatre Gargantua.

Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, co-directors Andrea Donaldson and Aria Umezawa, set and costume designer Joanna Yu, lighting designer André du Toit, projection designer Laura Warren. Photo: Gaetz Photography


Written and Performed by Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野

JUNE 2, 3, AND 4, 2022

7:30 P.M.

Please note: There will be a two-step entry process as you arrive at the theatre. Click here for more information on the COC’s COVID-19 admission policies.

Performed at the Canadian Opera Company Theatre

227 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario


The world premiere of a new co-production by Canadian Opera Company, Amplified Opera, Nightwood Theatre, and Theatre Gargantua!



Featuring music from La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Macbeth, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto, Salome, and The Magic Flute.

Combining comedy, drama, and plenty of opera, this exuberant show by interdisciplinary artist  Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) explores the many ways that race, gender, and sexuality are policed in the opera industry.

Through the lens of The Magic Flute’s iconic Queen of the Night, the show reclaims space for the multitudes of women, trans, and non-binary individuals excluded from the stage, daring to imagine new narrative possibilities for the art form.


Creative Team

Creator & Performer: Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野
Co-Directors: Andrea Donaldson & Aria Umezawa
Set & Costume Designer: Joanna Yu
Lighting Designer: Andre du Toit
Projection Designer: Laura Warren


This exciting new work began its journey with Theatre Gargantua in 2017 as a part of our SideStream Cycles. We are so proud of Teiya and this show- we cannot wait to welcome you to the world premiere this summer!



  • 2016 – Began development in the Buddies in Bad Times Young Creators Unit
  • 2018 – Excerpt presented as part of the SummerWorks Open Studios
  • 2018 – Excerpt presented in the ROM’s Friday Night Live: Vox event
  • 2019 – Pitched at the PuSh Festival’s Industry Series in Vancouver
  • 2021 – Spotlight Canada: The Pitch Session (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
  • 2022 – World Premiere (expected)



Photos from the Amplified Concert Series

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