Archive for Friday, January 25, 2013

Castle to perform at KU

January 25, 2013

The University of Kansas School of Music will present a faculty recital featuring Joyce Castle, mezzo-soprano and KU professor of voice, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in Swarthout Recital Hall. Mark Ferrell, associate professor of music, will accompany Castle on the piano.

In her recital entitled “Mostly Bernstein,” Castle will sing many of his very diverse songs. Additionally, she will perform Ravel's “Chansons Madecasses” accompanied by Mary Elizabeth Thompson, flute, and Ed Laut, cello, and a scene from Michael Tippett's opera “The Midsummer Marriage.”

“I had many encounters with the late great Leonard Bernstein, sang so many of his works, and sang for and with him. I am excited to re-visit those works,” Castle said.

Admission for this performance is free and open to the public.

Baldwin High School graduate Castle celebrated her ruby anniversary of her professional performing career in 2010. During her career, the extraordinarily versatile artist has left an indelible imprint on her operatic repertoire, which now includes over one hundred and thirty roles in works by composers ranging from Bernstein to Wagner. Critics worldwide have recognized her unique combination of a "richly nuanced voice, profound dramatic skills and a superb sense of musicianship."

Since her debut with New York City Opera in 1983, she has sung over 160 performances of leading roles to great acclaim: Augusta in The Ballad of Baby Doe, the Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Claire in The Visit of the Old Lady, the Old Lady in Candide, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeny Todd, to mention a few. At the Metropolitan, she has sung Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and The Witch in Hansel and Gretel.

Castle has performed with the following conductors: James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Raymond Leppard, James Conlon, David Zinman, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Christian Thielemann, Julius Rudel, and Edo de Waart. With Leonard Bernstein at the piano, she sang the first performance of his work "Arias and Barcarolle

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