“A rare and Beautiful voice”
Maurilio dos Santos Costa, conductor. Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
Soprano Juliana Castanho-Spector grew up in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, constantly exposed
to popular samba music. She discovered the world of classical music through a box of LPs in her
aunt’s attic containing a 1960’s recording of Bayreuth Festival’s Tannhäuser. This experience
made a huge impact in her life and compelled Juliana to pursue an operatic singing career.
Juliana obtained her bachelor of arts degree in Rio de Janeiro, having also attained first place in the auditions of the prestigious Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Juliana performed
regularly with the opera company until moving to the U.S. in 2007.
In Atlanta, Juliana enrolled at Georgia State University and successfully obtained her Master of
music degree. Also she participated in the Young Artist program “ Preparazione all’opera”
sponsored by the Tito Schipa Association “ Amici della Lirica,” in Lecce, Italy.
Currently, Juliana is pursuing her music education certification at Georgia State University after completing the requirements of the Georgia Assessments of the Certification of Educators
Juliana’s teaching approach is based on the Italian School of Singing as taught by the renowned
vocal pedagogue Cornelius Ried, her master teacher. Other music teaching methodologies such
as Orff-Kodaly for ear training and solfege may be added to young singers as a tool for
improving cognitive response to vocal exercises.