|In Memoriam: Nico Castel
We, the Board of Directors of Joy In Singing, were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Nico Castel on May 31, 2015.
Nico was voted the first winner of Joy in Singing by a unanimous vote from Lina Abarbanell, Lucrezia Bori, Povla Frijsh,Maestro Wilfred Pelletier, and Dr. Carlton Sprague Smith. It was 1958 and the organization had just been born as a competition program. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, raised in Caracas, Venezuela, educated in the United States, Germany and Italy, Nico could easily manage seven languages and several dialects by the time he climbed onto the world's stages to perform the 200 roles in his repertoire. However, he never left Joy In Singing far behind. He became Third Vice President of the Board of Directors for many years and upon the death of Winifred Cecil in 1985, Mr. Castel was the Master of Ceremonies at her Memorial Tribute at Town Hall. Many of us have worked with him as a musical coach but more specifically as a diction teacher. He was joy and laughter personified, dedicated as Winifred was to the very best possible methods for presenting the joy of singing to the world. We join his family and friends and colleagues who are the poorer for his loss.
Left: Nico Castel accepting
the first Joy In Singing Award
Additional Links of Interest
In his own words
Nico Castel: Bio and Resources
New York Times Obituary
In Memoriam on You Tube
|October 19, 2015
|| 7.30 P.M.
Steven Eddy, baritone and Lilla Heinrich Szász, soprano
The 2015 Artist Award Debut Recital
Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, NY