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Nico Castel is available for private coaching in New York, as well as private coaching by tape for those unable to come to NY. Contact Mr. Castel for further information.





Nico Castel
"... They should build a statue to Nico Castel at the Metropolitan Opera! For the last eleven years I have worked with him any and every time I had an important engagement... He is an astonishingly gifted performer and his gifts as a teacher are unsurpassed."

Sylvia McNair, soprano, Metropolitan Opera

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NICO CASTEL'S contributions to the world of opera are vast and varied. His over 48 years of work in this field, performing, studying, teaching and developing and perfecting his skills and many talents have earned him the international acclaim as tenor, teacher, translator and unparalleled diction and style master coach he enjoys today.

Mr. Castel is a true polyglot (he speaks fluent Portuguese, German, French, Spanish, Italian and English), a man of vast culture, a multi-talented artist and scholar, who in addition to having carved himself a career as one of the world's pre-eminent character operatic tenors, with over 200 roles in his repertoire, has also developed a parallel career as vocal coach and teacher of multilingual lyric diction. Born in Portugal, raised in Venezuela, he finally made his way to New York to pursue his musical interests where he became the first winner of the "Joy in Singing" award which launched his career. Soon after, he made his debut with Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, and then the Metropolitan Opera Company where he is celebrating his 35th year. His tenure at the Met includes 26 years as staff diction coach.

His career has taken him all over the world to work with such companies as:

  • Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
  • Finnish National Opera, Helsinki
  • The New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv
  • Opera Metropolitana, Caracas
  • Teatro São Carlos Opera, Lisbon
  • Spoleto Festival, Spoleto, Italy
  • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,  Florence
  • Semper Oper,  Dresden

and in the U.S., the opera companies of Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago Ravinia Festival, San Antonio, New Orleans, Baltimore, Miami, Santa Fe, Central City, and St. Louis among others.

Mr. Castel is on the faculty of The Juilliard School of Music in New York and is a noted lecturer and teacher at universities and conservatories throughout the world.

In a recent development, Mr. Castel has joined MusAcom, an exciting new company providing affordable PracticePaks of major repertoire for students and professionals worldwide.


Mr. Castel's heritage and lifetime of knowledge and experience in the fields of language, singing and opera have culminated in his publications of opera libretti translations and diction manuals.

These publications include

According to noted coach and stage director, Will Graham, " [Mr. Castel's] knowledge of singers and repertoire is encyclopedic. He understands what makes singing great, and he has an enthusiasm for vocal artistry that is infectious to all that encounter it. There are very few people living in the world today who know as much and care as deeply as does Mr. Castel about preserving, celebrating and advancing the art of great singing. His books of major libretti of French, German and Italian operas published by Leyerle Publications may well represent the most important contribution to the art of opera singing in the last century."