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Born in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona), and living in Ghent (Belgium), Dida Castro began her musical studies at the local Municipal School of Music where she studied piano, guitar, music theory, modern harmony and chamber singing. Later on she started her studies of vocal technique with Maestro Jorge Sirena, with whom she continues to work today. In 2006 she moved to Belgium where she studied music theory and harmony with Liliana Dumas. She has received several Masterclasses from Jaume Aragall, Raquel Pierotti, Lucienne van Dijck, language coach Rochsane Taghikani, Maite Beaumont and Carole Wilson with whom she continues to work frequently.
In 2015 she has been awarded with the prize ‘BecaBach’ by the Bach Zum Mitsingen Foundation.
She works and has worked repertoire and style with teachers Osias Wilenski, Ricardo Estrada, Viviana Salisi, Maria Neus Devesa and Joseph Buforn in Barcelona and Filip Martens, Inge Spinette and Jef Smits in Belgium.
She has given several recitals of opera, oratorio and lieder / mélodie in various concert halls in Belgium, Italy and Catalonia, among which, the AXA Auditorium of Barcelona, the Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona, the Cercle Artistic Liceu, the Arena Montemerlo (Italy), Concert Gebouw Brugge, Bijloke Gent… and has been invited to sing in different music festivals such as Santa Florentina, Nits Culturals de Sant Pere Sallavinera, Esplugues de Llobregat, Bach Zum Mitsingen, Festival Bach de Toulouse, Festival Bach d’Aix-en-provence…
In the field of Opera Dida Castro has received very good critics in her debuted roles of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (W.A. Mozart) in 2013, Flora in La Traviata (G. Verdi) in 2013 – 2011, Maddalena in Rigoletto (G. Verdi) in 2012, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte (W.A. Mozart) in 2011, Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Ch. W. Gluck) in 2011 – 2010 and Catrineta in Cançó d’amor i de guerra (R. Martínez Valls) in 2010. In 2009 she participated in the presentation of the Opera Casparo in the role of Marinella, an artistic project focused on the interaction between opera and artificial intelligence carried out by Sony CSL Paris and UAB.
During the year 2013 she made her first incursion in contemporary music recording ‘4 canciones españolas’ by Osías Wilenski.
In the field of oratorio she has sung in Sagrada Família, Monestir de Pedralbes, Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar, Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, Sint-Baafskathedraal and others, the works of G. B. Pergolessi’ Stabat Mater in 2013 – 2012 – 2010, Johannes-Passion by J.S. Bach 2012, many Bach cantatas, Handel’s Utrecht Jubilate Deo, Haydn’s Requiem and several sacred works from Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Mozart and other composers in masses and concerts.
As a solo artist Dida Castro has a vast repertoire of Oratorio, Mélodie, Lied, Catalan and Spanish songs and, above all, opera from different periods focusing in the 18th and 19th century repertoire and Belcanto.
She currently combines participation in opera productions with concerts and recitals in Europe