Michéal Castaldo is the living embodiment of authentic Italian culture for modern North Americans. A native of Calabria in the “tip of the toe” of Italy, Michéal is an accomplished pop-classical crossover singer of his native songs and a purveyor of his family-made, heirloom Italian luxury products in North America.
Michéal’s music is a life-long passion. His businesses began as gifts for friends from his family’s pursuits in Calabria. Today, in addition to performing his heart-warming Italian songs to adoring audiences, Michéal rents his refurbished childhood home (Villetta Mimma Vittoria) in the heart of Calabria and imports his family’s high-quality true extra virgin olive oil, Aceto balsamic vinegar and Musica perfume fragrances, as well as the planning and staging of full-service, high-end Italian-themed events through his Tuscan Weddings and Events division.
He was gracious enough to give us some insight into his life, his Italian heritage as well as some of his favorite traditions.
CP: What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of your career?
Michéal: Being able to touch the heart and soul of my fans and in some instances, lend a healing quality to their lives – making a difference!
CP: Where are you from and where do you currently live?
Michéal: I’m a native of Calabria in the “tip of the toe” of Italy – raised in Toronto, Canada. Educated in Boston and currently reside in Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
CP: Can you tell us about your Italia heritage?
Michéal: I immigrated from Reggio Calabria to a lively Italian community in Toronto, Canada in the 1960s. My father originally crafted wooden barrels (a “Cooper”) for wine and balsamic and later became a general purpose carpenter. My mother ran a grocery store/garden center. My relatives owned and operated olive groves – produced and sold organic, extra virgin olive oil. At nine years old, a member of the church choir, I was chosen by the priest to sing a liturgical solo. After the mass, parishioners came up to the me and praised my voice. At that moment, it dawned on me that i would like to create music for the rest of my life…then thus the music bug bit me.