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Acclaimed opera singer Joyce Castle to perform spring recital at KU

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

LAWRENCE-Joyce Castle, professor of voice at the University of Kansas and a KU alumna, will be accompanied by KU faculty musician, Mark Ferrell (piano) for a spring concert on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 7:30pm, Swarthout Recital Hall.

Entitled A New York Cabaret, this performance will feature Castle singing works by Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jake Heggie, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, William Bolcom, Francis Poulenc and more.

Castle was raised in Baldwin City, Kansas, and received a bachelor’s from KU and a master’s from the Eastman School of Music. Since her debut with New York City Opera in 1983, she has sung over 160 performances of leading roles to great acclaim, including 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. She has sung at the Metropolitan Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and performed as The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and she has collaborated with renowned conductors James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Raymond Leppard, James Conlon, David Zinman, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Christian Theielemann, Julius Rudel, and Edo de Waart.

With Leonard Bernstein at the piano, Miss Castle sang the first performance of his work "Arias and Barcarolles.” At Glimmerglass Opera, Castle performed the premiere of Strawberry Fields by Michael Torke, and this performance was seen on PBS Great Performances Series. She has also performed Dream of Valentino by Dominick Argento at the Kennedy Center, Where's Dick by Stewart Wallace at Houston Grand Opera and Esther by Hugo Weisgall at New York City Opera. Castle’s discography includes: Menotti's The Medium, Menotti's The Consul, Bernstein's Grammy-winning recording Candide, Michael Torke's Strawberry Fields, Vocal works of Joseph Fennimore, Vocal works of Stephan Wolpe, and Sondheim and Jake Heggie's Flesh and Stonewhich features "Statuesque," song cycle written for Miss Castle and commissioned by the University of Kansas.

Castle’s upcoming engagements include an April performance of William Bolcom’s “The Hawthorn Tree” at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in New York and Oklahoma (Aunt Eller) and The Medium (Baba) at Central City Opera in Colorado.

For more information about these events, please contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU.

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