Michéal Castaldo (born September 25, 1962) is an Italian-born Canadian, and now a New York City resident classical crossover tenor,music producer and composer.
Early life and musical career:
Castaldo started his voice studies with maestro Pisapia, a protégé of the Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso. Castaldo graduated from Oakwood Collegiate Institute in Toronto and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Castaldo performed his theatrical debut on a Long Island concert stage at the Hearst Auditorium at the new Athletic and Activity Center at Chaminade High School in Mineola on Sunday, May 15, 2011.
Castaldo's third album Aceto was released on June 15, 2010. The album includes 14 classic and 2 original Italian songs. He recorded an Italian version of "Hallelujah" on the album. A video of the song was filmed in Toronto, Canada, in December 2010 by filmmaker Greg Riccio Jr. supporting the Free Hugs Campaign to promote random acts of kindness.
In 2011, his original single titled "Pray'r", co-written with Stein Berge Svendsen, was released as a digi-single. Castaldo has completed a new Italian album to be released in 2012. As of September 2011, he is touring Italy, USA and Canada.
Castaldo had written and produced "Goin' Krazy" that José Feliciano released in 1994, which entered a Billboard dance chart. He was also one of the winners of the Abe Olman Scholarship Awards in 1988 as presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In 2012, Castaldo was a competitor in The Europe Tourism Board classical-crossover artist award. Out of 37 submitted artists, he finished third.
Castaldo was featured live on ABC TV for his performance on the Red Carpet during the Columbus Day parade 2012.
Beside his singing and songwriting career, in 2004 Castaldo founded the first Olive Oil Cooperative in New York City. Under the name "La Dolce Vita Foundation", Castaldo takes people with illnesses or "the blues" on rides in his customized 1993 Mazda Miata. In 2000 he rebuilt his childhood home in Calabria, Italy, converting it to a rental villa.
Castaldo is married to Bozena S. Castaldo (née Bozena S. Slowinska), who is a published scientist (Neurology Dept) at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. His stepdaughter, Ania Palega (née Ania Slowinska) is a graduate from CUNY with a PhD in Environmental Psychology.