Pamela Casella, winner of the Luciano Pavarotti Competition, Columbia Artist and veteran of major opera companies and symphony orchestras on both continents, was described by Nicola Rescigno as being one of only two American sopranos he had ever known who understood what is meant by "bel canto." Mr. Rescigno, if you will recall, was one of the founders of the Chicago Opera and responsible for the importation of bel canto sensation Maria Callas to American audiences to understand their collaboration a little better]. After Ms. Casella's audition with him, he hired her to sing Desdemona in Verdi's "Othello" with the Dallas Opera
When one, then, understands the rarity of the exponents of this majestic vocal art of the bel canto, one begins to understand the intrinsic value and profoundly uncommon knowledge of a teacher of this magnitude.
Ms. Casella teaches now at her home in West Seattle, Washington, along with her husband, international bass-baritone-tenor and oft-times soprano, Craig H. Nim. Many of their students have gone on to conservatories, and to careers in New York and Europe as well, and also local students of theirs have performed with Seattle Opera, the Seattle Symphony, the Village Theatre and Mr. Nim and Ms. Casella's own opera company, Lyric Opera Northwest.
Mr. Nim is a veteran of NY City Opera, soloed with the NY Philharmonic, appeared with opera companies on both continents, including Pittsburgh Opera, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Bremen Oper, Omaha Opera, San Francisco Opera Merola Program, on Broadway, on national tours, in dinner theaters, summer stock, recitals, concerts, oratorios and numerous other venues in both classical and American musical comedy, TV, radio, commercials, etc. An extremely versatile performer, Mr. Nim has also won national and international competitions as a bass, a bass-baritone and a heldentenor (1996 Lauritz Melchior Heldentenor Competition prize money winner). For an explanation of how Mr. Nim accomplished this amazing cross-fach feat, look no further than this voice studio, and our on-line e-book.
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