He Doesn’t Audition

Nico Castel in Manon-he didn't audition for this.(Photo: New York City Opera)
Nico Castel in Manon-he didn't audition for this.(Photo: New York City Opera)

Nico Castel is an actor, singer, linguist, teacher and director with a forty -year career in all aspects of the arts. Almost all. I don’t think he can dance en pointe any more but you’d have to ask him.

A few years ago he was told to audition for an idiot stage director who was casting a new staging of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. The pivotal role of the Haushofmeister (Major-domo or butler) had long been a Nico specialty. And here thirty years into his career he’s asked to audition.

 

This quick video was Nico Castel”s response:

They don’t make them as multi-taleneted as Nico any more. The said director? Trust me. He ain’t on YouTube.

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