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Nico Castel (1931–2015)

Nico Castel was born on August 1, 1931 in Lisbon, Portugal as Naftali Chaim Castel Kalinhoff. He is known for his work on Amahl and the Night Visitors (1978), Carmen (1987) and The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977). He was married to Carol Cates, Nancy Benfield and Carol Bayard. He died on May 31, 2015 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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 1979-1988 The Metropolitan Opera Presents (TV Series)
Der Haushofmaiester / The Marschallin's Major-Domo / Prince / ...
- Ariadne auf Naxos (1988) ... Der Haushofmaiester
- Der Rosenkavalier (1982) ... The Marschallin's Major-Domo
- Lulu (1980) ... Prince / Manservant / Marquis
- Don Pasquale (1979) ... Notary
 1987 Carmen (TV Movie)
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  The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (TV Series) (diction coach - 2 episodes, 2007) (italian diction coach - 1 episode, 2007)
- Puccini's Il trittico (2007) ... (diction coach)
- Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (2007) ... (diction coach)
- Bellini's I Puritani (2007) ... (italian diction coach)
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 1978 Amahl and the Night Visitors (TV Movie) (performer: "Amahl and the Night Visitors" (complete opera))

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[on why he became an opera singer] One of my fellow workers said I could not work for the company and not try some whiskey. So he gave me a glass of Johnnie Walker Red. I downed it in one draught and became very drunk, and I began to sing. One fellow said, "Nico, you have a good voice, you ought to have it trained."


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