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Castro, Raffaella Lo

Alto and mezzo-soprano born and raised in South Africa who attended Goldey Beacom College from 1999 to 2002 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing.

One of her other interests is music, and from 1998 to 2006, she sang in the choir at Trinity Episcopal Church.  In 2003, she performed the role of Sally Bowles in a Best of Broadway production of Cabaret at The Bank One Arts Center in Wilmington, Delaware.  She returned to her home country in 2004 as a featured soloist in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah oratorio at The Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg.

In 2005, she sang “Habanera” from George Bizet’s Carmen at the Mario Lanza Institute Pre-Ball and graduated to the anniversary ball in 2006, singing everything from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Camille Saint-Saens at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She performed a similar program in January 2007 on a tour with Beatrice Lin that included stops in Singapore and Tokyo, Japan.

Having performed with many opera companies in the US, she took on the role of Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica with OperaLancaster in 2017.

She has also been a member of The Philadelphia Singers, the chorus-in-residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Here she is performing “Nel Silenzio” from Puccini’s Suor Angelica