Celeste Godin, soprano, recently graduated with honors from New England Conservatory with a master’s degree in vocal pedagogy. She will be returning there for a graduate diploma in vocal performance this fall. Her bachelor's degree is in music education, and she still very much enjoys teaching, both in private and group settings. She currently studies with Jane Eaglen.
In May of 2015, she appeared as Second Lady in Pacific MusicWorks production of The Magic Flute, where she and the other "Ladies of the Night" were praised by critics for their excellent singing and acting.
Looking ahead, she is very excited to be participating in the pilot season of the "Boston Art Song Collaborative" upon her return to Boston! Beyond these recitals and her academic plans, she is putting together a collection of short one acts and scenes to be performed at various locations in the greater Boston community this fall.
During graduate work at New England Conservatory, Celeste was featured as First Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Blanche in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, and appeared in many scenes and small outreach performances. She was a featured soloist both with piano and orchestra, singing Beethoven’s Ah Perfido! with the conducting lab orchestra, and covering the Brahms Requiem soprano solo.
Celeste was invited to perform in the Liederabend series at NEC, and has appeared in several recitals of her own and in collaboration with other singers. At NEC, she participated in the Community Performances and Partnerships Fellowship, bringing a rambunctious recital program with her partner pianist to several care facilities in the area.
Before moving to Boston, Celeste was a resident of Washington State, having attended Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) for her undergraduate work, and having taught there for two years afterwards. At PLU, she had the privilege of performing the title role in Handel's Semele, with maestro Stephen Stubbs, and earlier as Lady Billows in Britten's Albert Herring. In summer opera programs, she has appeared in scenes as Blanche in Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, Églé in Lully's Thésée, and premiered the entirety of Rita Ueda’s work 1,000 Paper Cranes (a one-woman opera with prepared piano).
While in Washington, she was an active member of the Seattle Bach Choir, performing in the ensemble and as a soloist, and acted as apprentice conductor. During this time, she also appeared as Mimi in scenes for the La bohème Seattle Opera Guild Previews. She also participated in the Tacoma Young Artist Program for two years, covering the roles of Despina and Musetta, appearing as the Soprano in Weill’s Berlin to Broadway, "Giuseppina" in La Traviata, and a dramatically staged collection of Rodrigo art songs.
Celeste’s passions beyond music include cooking, painting, and playing with cats.