Ms. Castel in on the faculty of Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York where she teaches Voice, Vocal Methods and Opera Scenes Class. Ms. Castel’s career path began in Musical Theater when she began performing in Equity theaters at the age of 16. She performed in the Lyric Opera of Philadelphia before moving to New York City where she founded the New York Opera Studio and produced operatic works as well as opera educational programs for schools. The NYOS has offered summer training programs for young singers at Vassar College and Sullivan County Community College.
After her marriage to Nico Castel (Metropolitan Opera tenor and diction coach), Ms. Castel began her directing career, with the Bayreuth touring opera company,“Pocket Opera”. She has since directed over 70 productions in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
With Nico Castel and Kim Wanat she designed and founded “Opera NUOVA” in Edmonton, Canada in 2001 – founded as an apprentice program for aspiring opera singers, now a prestigious summer opera festival.
Ms. Castel was Artistic Director of the “Delaware Valley Opera Co.” in Sullivan County, NY from 1990 – 1999 and General Manager and Artistic Director from 2 010 through present. The DVO is a 501.C.3 company and a member of Opera America, presenting a summer season of operatic performances.
As an educator, in addition to her private voice studio in New York City, she has written and produced several shows as introduction to opera for children, including one for Lincoln Center. Currently she is also on the faulty of the University of Binghamton where she directs and teaches stage craft and performance techniques for singers in the “Opera Ensemble” class. In addition to teaching voice, she created and teaches a course at Opera NUOVA called “Creative Process for Singers” dealing with the “techniques” of singing and performing artistry. She travels North America giving master classes and three-day workshops on this subject.