Soprano Cristina María Castro performed at TCU’s Pepsico Recital Hall on Friday, September 15, as part of the university’s Student Recital Series. Shields-Collins Bray, principal keyboardist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1986, accompanied on the piano.
This recital marks the completion of my Artist Diploma at TCU, and I can’t be more excited to share this music. It has been a lot of work to put together, and the pieces are quite vocally and dramatically challenging. I am very proud of my work thus far, and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to perform these pieces again someday.
According to TCU’s School of Music, the 3-year Artist Diploma is “a program for the most advanced and gifted young performers who, by their performance and credentials, demonstrate that they have serious potential to become concert artists. The program is designed to provide intensive study and performance opportunities under the guidance of master teachers in preparation for a concert career.”
Watch a video of the concert here:
Mr. Tambourine Man #1-3 by John Corigliano
1. Mr. Tambourine Man
2. Clothes Line
3. Blowin’ in the Wind
Recueillement – Claude Debussy
Vous m’avez regardé avec toute votre âme – Lili Boulanger
Parfois, je suis triste – Lili Boulanger
Nous nous aimerons tant – Lili Boulanger
Brentano Lieder #1-6 by Richard Strauss
An die Nacht
Ich wollt ein Sträußlein binden
Säusle, liebe Myrte!
Als mir dein Lied erklang
Lied der Frauen
About Cristina Maria Castro
A native of San Antonio, TX, Cristina María Castro is an emerging soprano performing in numerous venues around the United States.
She is honored to have been part of the world premiere of We Might be Struck by Lightning with Local Opera Local Artists in Austin, TX where she both sang and danced. Other recent performances include A Little Night Music with Theatre 3, West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar with Casa Mañana, and Norma with The Dallas Opera. A lover of new music, she has performed several new compositions in Frontiers during the past four seasons with the Fort Worth Opera. Ms. Castro is proud to have been a young artist with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, the Janiec Opera Company, and Seagle Music Colony. Some of her other favorite performances include Maria in West Side Story, Despina in Cosí fan tutte, Eliza in Dark Sisters, and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
She is proud to hold a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Trinity University and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from The Ohio State University. Ms. Castro currently resides in Fort Worth, TX where she will complete Artist Diploma at Texas Christian University in 2017. Having grown up in Texas, but still very much in touch with her Puerto Rican roots, follow Cristina María’s TexaRican adventures both on and off stage via her website and social media channels:
I’m excited that she has gotten to this point. She has worked very hard to come to this point, and she is looking for her big break in opera or musical theater.
– Wilma Castro, Cristina’s Mother
I think she’ll make it and do really well because she has a beautiful voice and passion and perseverance.
– Adrianna Castro, Cristina’s Sister
Learn more about Cristina as she shares about her career in this 2015 video:
Where is the Pepsico Recital Hall?