July 2015

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Joy in the Journey:
Rachel Willis-Sørensen

Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen’s list of accomplishments is no doubt impressive: a former young artist at Houston Grand Opera; winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Belvedere, and Operalia; a recent Metropolitan Opera debut as Countess Almaviva; and upcoming roles at San Francisco Opera, Vienna State Opera, and a return to the Met. But just as impressive are this young soprano’s sense of herself and clear passion for the art form she feels deeply grateful to be a part of.
The Pasha of Diction

The Pasha of Diction

Nico Castel is known far and wide as the definitive singer’s source for expert diction advice. Long before he made his name as a diction guru, Castel enjoyed a successful career as a character tenor, appearing on the stages of the Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, and the Met. He was also staff diction coach at the Met and codirector of a summer program. Castel passed away on May 31, 2015, and in his honor we reprint here much of the January 2007 cover story highlighting his life and work on and off the stage.