Joyce Castle

University Distinguished Professor
Professor, Voice
Primary office:
420 Murphy Hall


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Since her professional debut at the San Francisco Opera in 1970, Joyce Castle (mezzo-soprano) has sung worldwide in opera, concert, musical comedy and cabaret.

A Grammy winner for her performance in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, she was a leading artist at the New York City Opera for 25 seasons and at the Metropolitan Opera for 14 seasons. She has appeared with major opera companies in the United States including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and more. Summer festivals include:  Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Chautauqua Opera.  She has performed in opera houses from the Gran Theatre del Liceu in Barcelona to NHK Hall in Tokyo, including performances in Belgium, Germany, Canada, Israel, Italy, Brazil, and in opera houses throughout France (where she lived seven years).

International concert engagements have included appearances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Radio-Symphonieorchester in Vienna, the Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre Nationale in Paris and with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Conductors with whom she has performed are: James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Raymond Leppard, Michael Tilson-Thomas, James Conlon, David Zinman, Marin Alsop. With Leonard Bernstein playing the piano, she sang the first performance of his work: Arias and Barcarolles.

Celebrated composers Jake Heggie and William Bolcom have written song cycles for Castle. She appeared in the premiere of Strawberry Fields by Michael Torke – Glimmerglass Opera, 1999. The performance was televised for Great Performances. This past year, for her Distinguished Professor Inaugural “Lecture” she directed and sang the lead in Strawberry Fields – here at KU with our talented singers.

Graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.F.A. in Theater and Voice (a major which was created for her), she began teaching here in 2001. Castle received her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and was their 2004 Distinguished Alumnus.

Photo: Joyce Castle as Mme. Armfeldt in A Little Night Music at the Houston Grand Opera. 

Complete Bio

An extraordinarily versatile artist, American mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle has left an indelible imprint on the operatic repertoire which now includes nearly one hundred and forty opera 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.”

Castle’s portrayal of leading roles in contemporary opera has brought her singular success. Characterized as “a compelling actress in both comedy and pathos” in Michael Torke and A.R. Gurney’s world premiere opera Central Park at Glimmerglass Opera (televised nationwide on WNET – Channel 13 and recorded for release by Ecstatic Records), acclaimed for her heralded as a “chillingly malevolent” Madame Flora in The Medium (performed at Opera Delaware and Central City Opera and released by Cedille Records), and recognized for her “marvelously sardonic” Claire Zakanassian in the New York premiere of Von Einem’s The Visit of the Old Lady (in a New York City Opera production directed by Joanne Akalaitis which was mounted for her), Joyce Castle has employed her formidable vocal and theatrical gifts to sculpt distinctive and memorable characterizations.

Praised in the Denver Post for her performance as Elizabeth I in the American stage premiere of Britten’s Gloriana, the critic wrote: “…Castle rules the show. Her voice is authoritative with a dark edge to it that makes Elizabeth the commanding presence on stage that she is.” Miss Castle has also performed Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at Seattle Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and the Boston Lyric Opera, and Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes with Seiji Ozawa at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Italy. She added the role of Madame Sosostris in Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage to her repertoire with The Boston Modern Orchestra Project at Jordan Hall in performances conducted by Artistic Director, Gil Rose.

Outstanding in her American opera experience, are her now legendary performances as Augusta Tabor in Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe. Joyce Castle was cast as Augusta Tabor in the New York City Opera’s production by the opera’s most celebrated Baby Doe, Beverly Sills. Having performed the role of Augusta Tabor in seven productions of The Ballad of Baby Doe, and perhaps more than any other mezzo in the history of Douglas Moore’s opera, Joyce Castle performed the role on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the opera’s première at Central City Opera House; a short distance from Leadville, the actual site of the opera’s story.  She has received critical acclaim from coast to coast for her portrayal of this complex character. Writing of her appearance in the Seattle Opera production, the Seattle Times reported “Castle’s Augusta in Doe is superb… the Augusta of mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle is the definitive show-stopper of this production. Castle has every nuance of the role clasped in a fist of iron, and she knows how to command your sympathy for this character of missed opportunities. Vocally persuasive, emotionally compelling, this is a portrayal for the books - one in which every note and every gesture is so right that you want to salute her.”

A popular Glimmerglass Opera guest artist, she returned to Cooperstown in summer 2009 to perform The Mother in Menotti’s The Consul in a production directed by Sam Helfrich and conducted by David Angus. Miss Castle had previously performed the role with conductor Joel Revzen at Arizona Opera, New Jersey Opera, and at Berkshire Opera, where she also recorded her “poignant” portrayal for Newport Classics.

Continuing with her exploration of contemporary American opera, she performed both Dominick Argento's eccentric Madame d'Urfe in the heralded New York premiere of Casanova and the silent screen siren Alla Nazimova in The Dream of Valentino at the Washington National Opera. The mezzo-soprano has also performed the Baroness in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa at the Washington National Opera, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam under the auspices of VARA Radio, and in Vienna with the Radio-Symphonieorchester. Through her performances as the Old Lady in Candide which she performed at the New York City Opera and recorded on the Grammy® Award-winning disc on the New World label, and as Mrs. Lovett in Hal Prince's critically acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd at both Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera, Joyce Castle significantly contributed to the acceptance of Leonard Bernstein’s and Stephen Sondheim's masterful scores as appropriate repertoire for the opera house. Last season, Miss Castle returned to the Houston Grand Opera for the role of Madame Armfeldt in the Isaac Mizrahi and Matthew Ozawa production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. She also traveled to Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™ for sold-out performances of Candide (reprising the role of the Old Lady), with Marin Alsop conducting the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Sala São Paulo.

Castle is a champion of the music of Jake Heggie. In addition to the central role in his Three Decembers which she performed in Central City, she performed the role of Mrs. Bertram in his opera The End of the Affair at Seattle Opera in a Leonard Foglia production conducted by Yves Abel. At the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the performances were recorded for commercial release. In December 2005, Joyce Castle gave the world premiere of Statuesque, a vocal chamber work composed by Jake Heggie to poetry written by Gene Scheer. The work was commissioned by the University of Kansas and performed with Mr. Heggie at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center), at Roosevelt University and at Chicago’s Cultural Center in Chicago, as well as at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. A recording of Statuesque was completed at the state-of-the art Skywalker Sound Studios in January 2007. Flesh & Stone Songs of Jake Heggie was released on the Americus Records label and is a record-selling disc benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

American mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle celebrated her 40th anniversary as a performing artist in the 2010-2011 season with performances of a new vocal chamber work, The Hawthorn Tree, written for her by National Medal of Arts and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom. In the program note, the composer offered insight into her artistry: “Joyce Castle is one of our time’s most incandescent acting singers; she can make you laugh out loud or scare you to death by turns, as she wishes.” The work was given its premiere with members of The Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Morgan Library in New York with additional performances at the Brooklyn Museum, DIA Beacon, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Hawthorn Tree was also performed at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas, on the Cliburn at the Modern series in Fort Worth, Texas and by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Reviewing the premiere, Opera News wrote, “Castle is a musician and actor of the highest quality: her ability to convey a thought and its exact opposite at the same time make her delivery of a song compelling and immediate.  Singing from memory, she demonstrated a deep connection to the atmosphere, character and emotion of each text, without ever appearing to deliver a planned reading.” The Hawthorn Tree will be released on the Americus label in the autumn of 2014.

Joyce Castle was an American in Paris for a number of years, and as a result she is in demand as an interpreter of the French repertoire. The multi-talented singing-actress had the unique distinction of appearing concurrently in two modern French-influenced works at Lincoln Center: Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the New York City Opera contrasted with an original work written by Martha Clarke and Charles L. Mee titled Belle Epoque at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Miss Castle performed the Prioress in the Tazewell Thompson production of Poulenc’s opera at the New York City Opera reprising her Glimmerglass Opera performance. She has also performed the role at Central City Opera, at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City as a guest artist of Mannes College/The New School for Music. She previously performed Mother Marie at Seattle Opera. In Martha Clarke’s theatrical work, Miss Castle portrayed a cabaret singer, modeled after Yvette Guilbert, who inspired French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The chanteuse performed a selection of songs heard in the Moulin Rouge nightclub Paris in the 1890s. Building on this theatrical experience, Joyce Castle has performed French cabaret programs as gala benefit evenings for performing arts organizations extending from New Mexico to New York. An ‘April in Paris’ gala performance benefitting Glimmerglass Opera provided a wonderful opportunity for her to collaborate with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. The mezzo-soprano’s official cabaret debut was a sold out appearance with pianist Ted Taylor at New York’s Café Sabarsky in fall 2011. The duo was immediately re-engaged for a program of song and Viennese operetta in March 2013. In fall 2013 she performed French cabaret repertoire in a tribute to Michael Feingold which served as a benefit for La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City.

Prior appearances in standard French operatic repertoire include Madame de la Haltière in Cendrillon which she first performed at the Washington National Opera. This role has since provided her introduction to the Teatro Regio di Torino, the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and at De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, all in a Robert Carsen production. At the New York City Opera, she performed Madame de la Haltière in a Renaud Doucet/Andre Barbe production updated to the 1950s. She recreated the role in the Anne Bogart/Eve Enssler Cinderella-Cendrillon in an Off-Broadway production produced by the Music-Theatre Group. L'Opéra Français de New York’s Artistic Director Yves Abel invited the  mezzo-soprano to perform the role of Geneviève in a production of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City. At the Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Worth Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and at Seattle Opera she was seen as the Marquise de Birkenfeld in La Fille du Régiment.  In spring 2015, she will make her Pittsburgh Opera debut as the Marquise in Emilio Sagi’s production conducted by Music Director Antony Walker.

Twentieth-century German repertoire has also served as a vehicle for Joyce Castle. Miss Castle performed Herodias in Salome in the acclaimed Washington National Opera production staged by Sir Peter Hall. Since then she has performed the role at the Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Columbus, Austin Lyric Opera, Arizona Opera, Florentine Opera and Seattle Opera. Abroad, she performed the role in a Willy Decker production at De Vlaamse Opera. The mezzo-soprano made her role debut as Klytemnestra in Elektra at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee where Opera News characterized her performances as “a gloriously sung, spellbinding portrait of this guilty queen.” Joyce Castle performed Klytemnestra in Elektra again in summer 2013 at Des Moines Metro Opera in performances conducted by David Neely. Other Strauss operas in which she has appeared include Der Rosenkavalier (Annina) at the Metropolitan Opera and Die Schweigsame Frau (the Housekeeper) at the Santa Fe Opera. In addition to von Einem’s The Visit of the Old Lady mentioned previously, she also appeared in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the New York City Opera. Miss Castle gave her first performances of Fricka and Waltraute in The Ring at Seattle Opera and reprised her performance as Fricka at L’Opera de Montreal.

The singing actress has performed both Kurt Weill’s German and American works. An accomplished pianist, Joyce Castle is one of very few singers to play her own piano part while portraying the salty character of Widow Begbick in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. She performed the work in staged productions at both the Washington National Opera (directed by Ian Strasfogel and conducted by Gunther Schuller) and in Opera Boston’s (directed by Sam Helfrich and conducted by Gil Rose), as well as in a concert version for Radio France. At the New York City Opera, she performed the role of Emma Jones in Street Scene. She was also heard in an all-Kurt Weill program with the Baltimore Symphony conducted by David Zinman and frequently adds Weill songs to her recital and cabaret programs. As a result of her extensive performance history in the Weill repertoire, she was invited to judge the prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition, named for the singing actress who was Weill’s wife and muse.

The mezzo-soprano participated in the world premiere of Dream of Valentino by Argento, mentioned previously, and the American premieres of A Night at the Chinese Opera by Weir, The Black Mask by Penderecki, and The King Goes Forth to France by Sallinen at the Santa Fe Opera, and the world premiere of Where's Dick at the Houston Grand Opera (directed by Richard Forman). Miss Castle has appeared in the North American premiere of Poul Ruder’s opera The Handmaid’s Tale (role of Serena Joy) which was based on the acclaimed novel by Margaret Atwood. The Eric Simonson production was conducted by Antony Walker at Minnesota Opera. At the New York City Opera, she performed Zeresh in the New York premiere of Hugo Weisgall's Esther, and appeared in twentieth-century works The Rake’s Progress (Baba and Mother Goose), and The Love for Three Oranges (Fata Morgana). Most recently, Libby Larsen composed the role of Mrs. Which in her new opera, A Wrinkle in Time, for Joyce Castle.

During her fourteen years at the Metropolitan Opera, Miss Castle performed many of the roles in the standard repertoire for her voice including Die Fledermaus (Orlovsky), Hansel and Gretel (Witch), Il tabarro (Frugula), Gianni Schicchi (Zita), Boris Godounov (Innkeeper), Eugene Onegin (Larina), Faust (Marthe), Andrea Chenier (Countess), and Der Rosenkavalier (Annina). Sixty-five of her performances were under the baton of James Levine and many were broadcast and telecast from the theater.

In addition to her Metropolitan Opera performances, she has also performed Orlovsky at the Santa Fe Opera in the Charles Ludlam production, at the Seattle Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. In the Italian repertoire, she has performed Mistress Quickly in Falstaff at The New Israeli Opera.  She made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as the Principessa in Suor Angelica and Zita in Gianni Schicchi. She repeated the role of the Principessa at Chautauqua Opera and at Utah Symphony and Opera. Honoring her Czech heritage, Miss Castle appeared as Jezibaba in Dvorák’s Rusalka to her repertoire at the Seattle Opera, and portrayed Eva in the American premiere of Bohuslav Martinů’s Comedy On The Bridge in a translation by Tony Kushner, and in a Maurice Sendak production at Chicago Opera Theater. She returns to Des Moines Metro Opera in summer 2015 adding the role of Buryjorka in Janáček’s Jenůfa to her repertoire in performances to be conducted by Music Director David Neely.

Very convincing in ‘cross-over’ repertoire, audiences have enjoyed Joyce Castle’s performances of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Meg in Brigadoon, Lalume in Kismet, Katisha in The Mikado, Buttercup in HMS Pinafore and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance in venues from New York to Vancouver. She performed cello-playing Lady Jane in Patience at Glimmerglass Opera and returned for the role of Public Opinion in Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld. Her portrayal of Aunt Eller in Central City Opera’s 2012 production of Oklahoma! was praised by Opera News “As the wise, ever-present Aunt Eller, veteran mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle – back for her fifth summer in Central City ­– wore her character like a comfortable old sweater, nailing every laugh line and sounding in fine voice.” She made her role debut as the Fairy Queen in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe with the San Francisco Symphony in staged performances directed by Patricia Birch and conducted by George Manahan. She also joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in a Gilbert & Sullivan concert led by the distinguished conductor, Raymond Leppard, CBE.  The singing–actress performed with Theater am Turm’s Grupo Accion in Frankfurt, and toured with the company throughout Europe and Brazil. Joyce Castle has participated in the development of many music-theater projects including a staged reading of Casanova’s Homecoming. Arthur Masella directed the New York performances of the musical with a book by Edward Gallardo, lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger, and music by Grammy® Award winner, Mike Reid.

A noted performer of the works of Leonard Bernstein, Miss Castle sang the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with Maestro Bernstein and Michael Tilson-Thomas at the piano. She made her debut in Israel with the Jerusalem Symphony in Songfest, and performed the same work with Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood and in the inaugural Gettysburg Music Festival in Pennsylvania. She appeared in an all-Bernstein program with David Zinman and the Baltimore Symphony, with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival, with the Columbus Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and at Carnegie Hall. Joyce Castle performed Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra in her U.K. debut, and On The Town in her San Francisco Symphony debut. She made her Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bryant Park (NYC), Performing Arts Chicago, Wisconsin Union Theater, Library of Congress, and her Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) debuts with Kurt Ollmann in a popular program that included Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles.  Miss Castle appeared as soloist in a festival of American works (including Bernstein) sponsored by the Wolf Akademie of Stuttgart.

In demand as a concert artist, Miss Castle gave the New York premiere of Schnittke's Cantata Seid Noechtem Und Wachet with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. She also performed in chamber music programs featuring the work of Charles Ives at the Bard Festival and performed and recorded Wolpe’s Drei Lieder von Bertolt Brecht with the contemporary ensemble Parnassus. Her New York Philharmonic debut was performing the challenging Aventures et Nouvelles Aventures by G. Ligeti in the first performances of this work at Lincoln Center.

European broadcast performances have included many operas-in-concert for Radio France including Verdi’s Oberto: Conte di San Bonafacio, The Old Maid and the Thief, Trouble in Tahiti and The Turn of the Screw. She also performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Wolfgang Sawallisch at the Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Joyce Castle has recorded a wide variety of twentieth century music. In addition to the Americus recording of Heggie’s song cycle mentioned above, her recording of the Mother in Menotti’s The Consul has been released on Newport Classics and The Medium (title role) was released by Cedille Records. Miss Castle may also be heard on the Grammy Award-winning New World Records recording of Candide as the Old Lady, the Book-of-the-Month recording of Sondheim (singing “Send in the Clowns” and Sweeney Todd selections), the Koch recording of The Music of Stefan Wolpe, and the Albany Records album of the Vocal Music of Joseph Fennimore. Michael Torke and A.R. Gurney’s opera Strawberry Fields was recorded with Miss Castle in performance with the Albany Symphony and released on the Ecstatic Records label.

The mezzo-soprano is a graduate of the University of Kansas where she received a B.F.A. and the Eastman School of Music where she earned a Masters of Music degree. She was awarded the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from Eastman School of Music. Joyce Castle was honored to be named a University Distinguished Professor of Voice in the School of Music at the University of Kansas in 2014.

Artist Manager:  Janice Mayer


September 2014


Central City Opera: THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE - Joyce Castle as Augusta Tabor

Selected Reviews

Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble at the Morgan Library -

Click here» for the full review.

Joyce Castle, professor of voice/opera, recently received a review in Opera News for her role in Dialogues of the Carmelites at Mannes Opera:


NEW YORK CITY — Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mannes Opera, 5/3/08

Mezzo Joyce Castle's guest appearance as the Old Prioress in Mannes Opera's recent run of Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites was something of a double-edged sword: the student performances paled in comparison to her complete audibility, perfect English diction, masterful stagecraft and total immersion in character, yet she provided a prime example for her young colleagues of opera performance at its highest level. The production was dedicated to the memory of another brilliant singing actress, Régine Crespin (who played the New Prioress in the French premiere and the Old Prioress in John Dexter's stunning 1987 Met production). Is it sacrilege to suggest that even the unforgettable Crespin performance dimmed somewhat in the blaze of Castle's death scene?

To read the entire review, click here».

Queen Elizabeth, Gloriana (Central City Opera)

"Joyce Castle has what it takes: the inflections, the voice color, the stage presence, and her talent as an actress." "The competition was tough...but none, to our knowledge, was superior to Joyce Castle's. Never criticized for her high tessitura as a mezzo, she has the merit of fully integrating herself among the rest of the cast that surrounds her, without playing the star."
— Charles Pitt, International Opera

Claire Zachanassian, The Visit of the Old Lady (New York City Opera)

"This Visit is Exquisite...and the rock-solid cast, led by the marvelously sardonic Joyce Castle in the title role, makes the most of it."
— Terry Teachout, Daily News (NY)

Queen Elizabeth, Gloriana (Central City Opera)

"Naturally, the opera revolves around Elizabeth-and on Saturday it swirled around the once in a lifetime performance of Joyce Castle. Never did she stray over the top or she lose sight of the humanness of Gloriana ...Castle grew stronger with each scene."
— Marc Shulgold, Rocky Mountain News

Mother Sorel, The Consul (Berkshire Opera and Newport Classics)

"With her large mezzo and clean delivery, Joyce Castle made a strong, poignant Mother as she cared for Magda's dying baby."
— Leslie Kandell, Opera News

Fricka and Waltraute, The Ring (Seattle Opera)

"Other outstanding performances were those of...Joyce Castle as Fricka and Waltraute"
— Barry Millington, The Times (London)

"Joyce Castle's Waltraute on Friday truly stirred...Solid presences were...Ms. Castle's (Fricka.)" 
— Bernard Holland, The New York Times

Greta's Mother/The Old Lady, Central Park (Glimmerglass Opera)

"...Still, Strawberry Fields seduced me, along with the rest of the audience - not least because of a delicately heartbreaking star turn by Joyce Castle."
— Alex Ross, The New Yorker

"'Strawberry Fields'... this work is Ms. Castle's star turn. Greta...has been dragged to the ritual by her meddlesome mother, characterized brilliantly by Joyce Castle."
— Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

Jezibaba, Rusalka (Seattle Opera)

"Joyce Castle's rich, pointed singing made Jezibaba a most formidable presence."
— Theodore Deacon, Opera

Selected Performances


September 22
Recital, Washington University, St. Louis.

October 20, 22, 24, 27
Benjamin Britton's "Peter Grimes" (Mrs. Sedley) in Florence, Italy at the Teatro Comunale with Seiji Ozawa conducting.

October 31
Lied Center, KU, with the University Orchestra - singing Manuel de Falla's "El Amor Brujo."

December 2
Faculty Recital with Mark Ferrell. Participation of Peter Chun, Larry Maxey, John Boulton, Walter Clark, Kip Haheim, John Parks and Keith Wright.

December 5
University Women's Club with Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery and Peter Chun, viola.

January 17, 18, 19
"Salome" (Herodias) with Arizona Opera in Tucson.

January 23, 24, 25, 26
"Salome" (Herodias) with Arizona Opera in Phoenix.

February 1
Leonard Bernstein Concert with Kurt Ollmann and Scott Dunn - University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Minnesota Opera, A Handmaid’s Tale “Serena Joy”, Poul Ruders, No. American Premiere-5 performances.
NY Times: “The veteran mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle is the formidable Serena Joy”
USA Today: “Joyce Castle in a memorable portrayal of chain-smoking ‘Serena Joy’”

May 10, 13, 15, 17, 18
American Premiere of Poul Ruders' "A Handmaid's Tale" (Serena Joy) in Minneapolis with Minnesota Opera. The Opera is based on Margaret Atwoods' novel, which also has been represented in a film with Miranda Richardson, Fay Dunnaway, Robert Duvall.

Chicago Opera Theater, Comedy on the Bridge “Eva” Bohuslar Marlina, 4 performances

June 22
Ravenia Festival-Chicago with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Leonard Bernstein Concert

Chautauqua Opera, Chautauqua, NY H.M.S. Pinafore “Buttercup” 2 performances with Pamela Hinchman and John Stephens


September 5
Spencer Art Museum, KU. Artists in Style Conference, "I Remember" (Diary of Anne Frank) by Michael Cohen with Ed Laut, John Boulton and Elaine Brewer.

September 26
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. Benefit concert with Mark Ferrell, pianist.

October 14
KANU studios, KU. Board of Regents’ Humanities Hour, concert with Mark Ferrell, pianist.

November 7, 9 & 11
Fort Worth Opera Company. The Turn of the Screw, “Mrs. Gross”, Benjamin Britten.

December 1
Faculty Recital, KU, with piano accompanist Mark Ferrell.

January 17
Kurt Weill Regional Competition, Rochester, NY, Adjudicator.

February 28
Concertgebauw, Radio Vara, Amsterdam. Vanessa “Baroness” by Samuel Barber.

March 19
Albany Symphony and Recording. Strawberry Fields, “Old Lady” by Michael Torke.

March 25, 26, 27 & 28
Opera Delaware, Wilmington. The Medium, “Baba”, Gian Carlo Menotti.

May 21
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.. L. Bernstein Concert with Kurt Ollmann and Scott Dunn.

July 2, 5, 10, 18, 22, 27 and 31 & August 8, 12, 14, 20 and 24
Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY. Patience, “Lady Jane”, Gilbert & Sullivan.


Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites
New York City Opera-6 performances

Cabaret Singer in Bell Epoque
Lincoln Center Theater, Mitzi Newhouse Theater-8 shows a week

January 19 & 21
Genevieve in Pelleas and Melisande
Opera Francais de New York

Mother in The Consul
Arizona Opera, Phoenix and Tucson-5 performances

May 22
"Statuesque" by Jake Heggie-3 songs only-1st performances
Classical Action Benefit-NYC

Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible
Chautauqua Opera


Mrs. Bertram in Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair-8 performances
Seattle Opera Company

December 5
World Premiere of Jake Heggie's "Statuesque" (song cycle written for Miss Castle-Commissioned by the University of Kansas)

Marquise in Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment-7 performances
Florida Grand Opera

April 7
Bernstein's "Arias and Barcarolles"-2 performances
Jacksonville Symphony

Augusta in 50th anniversary of The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore-14 performances
Central City Opera, Colorado


August 31
Benefit for The Desert Chorale-Sante Fe "An American in Paris" 
French cabaret songs.

October 1-2
Chicago Cultural Center, Roosevelt University-"Statuesque" song cycle and recital.
"Statuesque" is by Jake Heggie and was written for Miss Castle with a commission from the University of Kansas.

October 19
Repeat Faculty Recital: "Statuesque"

December 5
Faculty Recital-"A Short History of a Long Career on the Stage"

KU Voice Professor Joyce Castle will record Jake Heggie's song cycle, "Statuesque" in San Francisco at Skywalker studios. The song was written for Miss Castle with a commission from the University of Kansas. The composer will be at the piano. The CD will be produced by Americus Records and distributed by Broadway Cares/Euity Fights AIDS as a fundraiser for Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS.

February 23, 25, 27
The Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny by Kurt Weill
Role of Widow Bedbick

April 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
The End of the Affair by Jake Heggie.
Role of Mrs. Bertram

July 7, 9, 15, 24, 29; August 2, 4, 7, 10, 13, 18
Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperston, NY-Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach.
Role of Public Opinion

October 27, November 1, 3, 7, 10, 13, 16, 18
New York City Opera-Cendrillon by Jules Massenet
Role of Mme. de la Haltiere


October 15
New York City: "Launch" Concert of new recording featuring"Statuesque" by Jake Heggie (song cycle commissioned by the University of Kansas and premiered in Swarthout Recital in December 2005). The concert and recording is presented by Classical Action (classical performing musicians against AIDS).

Flesh & Stone can be purchased online by visiting the Classical Action section of the web-store on the Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS web site or by contacting Americus Records Proceeds from the sale of this CD will wholly benefit Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS, a fundraising program of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.

October 27, Nov. 1, 3, 7, 10, 13, 16, 18
New York City Opera J. Massenet's Cinderella (Cendrillon), role of"Mme de la Haltiere)

October 27
Opening of Cendrillon, dedicated to the late Beverly Sills. Reception following, emceed by Joyce Castle

February 15, 16, 17
Richard Strauss' SALOME, role of "Herodias" Florentine Opera, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

April 24
Faculty Recital at the University of Kansas "A History of a Long Career on the Stage - Part Two!"


June 18-21
San Francisco Symphony
Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe (Queen of the Fairies)

July 25, 30; August 1, 7 , 9, 15, 18, 22, 24
Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY
G.C. Menotti's The Consul (Mother)

October 9 & 11
Intermountain Opera, Bozeman, MT
The Ballad of Baby Doe (Augusta)

Nobember 5
David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Gala Opening of the theater

December 7
University of Kansas, Swarthout Recital Hall
Faculty Recital


(40th Anniversary year for Miss Castle in her career of opera)
February 3, 5, 6
Boston Lyric Opera
The Turn of the Screw (Mrs. Grose)

May 15, 17, 19, 21, 23
Utah Festival Opera
Suor Angelica (Principessa) & Gianni Schicchi (Zita)

July 10, 13, 17, 21, 23, 25, 29, 31; August 4 & 6
Central City Opera:
Jake Heggie's Three Decembers (Madeline)

September 26
Boston Lyric Opera
Sarah Bernhardt: Muse

October 20 and 22 - Morgan Library 
October 23 - Brooklyn Museum 
October 24 - Dia Beacon Museum
New York City 
Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning composer, William Bolcom, song cycle "The Hawthorn Tree" (written for Miss Castle to celebrate her 40 years in opera)

November 17
Terrace Theater - The Hawthorn Tree 
Washington, D.C. - Kennedy Center


January 26
University of Kansas - Lied Center
Faculty Recital with William Bolcom, Mark Ferrell, David Fedele,Margaret Marco, Peter Chun and Larry Rice

January 29
Fort Worth - Cliburn at the Modern Series
Modern Museum - Hawthorn Tree with William Bolcom, David Fedele, Margaret Marco, Peter Chun and Larry Rice

February 19, 23 , 25 & 27
Lyric of Kansas City - Daughter of the Regiment (with John Stephens)

May 6
Vienna, Austria
Radio Symphony Concert
Samual Barber's Vanessa (Baroness)

July 23 & 30
New Jersey Opera
The Consul (Mother)

October 7
Cabaret with Ted Taylor, Pianist
Café SabarskyNeue Galerie - NY, NY


March 27, 7:30
"A New York Cabaret"
Swarthout Recital Hall
Faculty Recital Hall
University of Kansas
Mark Ferrell, Piano

April 26
W. Bolcom's "The Hawthorn Tree"
Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society
Kaplan Penthouse, NY, NY

Central City Opera, Colorado Summer 2012
June 30
July 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 19, 21, 27, 31
August 3, 5, 7, 10, 11
Oklahoma (Aunt Eller)

July 28 and August 4
The Medium (Baba)
with Young Artists

November 10, 2012
M. Tippet's A Midsummer Marriage ("Sosostris")
Jordan Hall
Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP)


February 4
Faculty Recital Series (with Mark Ferrell on piano)
Swarthout Recital Hall 
7:30 pm

March 21
Cafe Sabarsky Cabaret with Ted Taylor
Neue Galerie
New York, New York
Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP)

April 27, May 5 and 10
Fort Worth Opera
Bass Hall
Daughter of the Regiment (Marquise)

June 29, July 7, July 9, July 12
Des Moines Metro Opera
Blank Performing Arts center
ELEKTRA (Klytaemnestra)

October 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30/November 1&2
Seattle Opera
McCaw Hall
Fille du Regiment (Marquise)


March 7, 0m, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23m
Houston Grand Opera
Cullen Theatre
A Little Night Music (Madame Armfeldt)

April 26 & 30, May 2 & 4m
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kansas City, MO
Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlosfky)

June 27, 28, 29
Sau Paulo Orchestra - Marin Alsop conducting
Sau Paulo, Brazil
CANDIDE (Old Lady)

August 9
Seattle Opera
Speight Jenkins Gala

October 6 (8 p.m.)
Faculty Recital
Lied Center of Kansas
with special guests Mark Ferrell, and the KU Wind Ensemble, Paul W. Popiel, conductor


May 2, 5, 8, 10
Pittsburg Opera
Daughter of the Regiment (Marquise)

July 5, 7, 10, 16, 18
Des Moines Metro Opera
Jenufa (Burya )


Jan 21, 22, 24
University Distinguished Professor Inaugural "Lecture"
Strawberry Fields by Michael Torke
Director and signing lead role with KU students with Michal Torke in hall
Swarthout Recital Hall

February 14
Virtuosi Concert
Swarthout Recital Hall
KU Valentine's Day (French chansons)

October 7
Eastman School of Music
Reunion, Opening Concert

October 14
KU Spencer Museum
Celebration of Life, Marilyn Stoakstad


February 23, 24, 25, 26
Dialogues of the Carmelites by F. Poulenc "Old Prioress"
Northwestern University Jacobs School of Music
Cahn Auditorium

March 12
Virtuosi Concert
Swarthout Recital Hall
"Statuesque" by Jake Heggie with Jake Heggie present

June 24 and July 2, 5, 7, 15
Des Moines Metro Opera
A Little Night Music (Madame Armfeldt)

December 16, 7 p.m.
Urban Stages Theater- Winter Rhythms Season
259 W. 30th St., NYC
All Bernstein with Ted Taylor, piano


March 27
Faculty Recital “All Bernstein”
Mark Ferrell, Piano
Swarthout Recital Hall

September 23
Songs of Bernstein and Bolcom
Santa Fe Desert Chorale Event
Santa Fe, NM

December 14
"Oldies But Goodies"
Mark Ferrell, Piano
Event for Donors of the Lied Center, Lied Pavilion


April 19
Aegiptische Helena (R. Strauss) in concert
Odyssey Opera, Jordan Hall, Boston

July 18, 19 and 21
Bon Appétit!
Des Moines Metro Opera

October 28
Bon Appétit!
KU Lied Center
Fundraiser for KU Opera


July 5, 7, 10 and 18
“Countess” in Pique Dame (in Russian)
Des Moines Metro Opera

School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.