Dr Michelle Castelletti

Artistic Director


It is a privilege for me to welcome you to The Three Palaces Festival – a festival that I consider to be a gem in Malta’s bejewelled crown. 


We are surrounded by extraordinary places or spaces we walk past each day. Sometimes – or many times – we do not even look up, or look around, let alone walk in. Our programming is embracing our glorious architecture alongside our rich history and heritage and creating experiences around this. 


I hope that  The Three Palaces Festival will help everyone not only look and hear, but listen and see... and feel. This festival is special at its core as it has the privilege and indulgence of being “set” in Malta!


Dr Michelle Castelletti is one of Malta’s most accomplished artistic professionals, with a range of titles to her name. Most recently, she was appointed Artistic Director of The Three Palaces Festival. This follows on from after her post as Artistic Director of the Malta International Arts Festival. A soprano and lover of lyrical dramatic roles, Michelle is a conductor, composer and curator with a passion for cross-art and site-specific curation.


Internationally, Castelletti was the Artistic Director of the Royal Northern College of Music. She has led Jubilee Celebrations in Canterbury Cathedral, graduation ceremonies, and conferments of honorary awards, including former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, H.E.  Justice of the Supreme Court, The Rt Hon the Lord Mance, broadcaster Moira Stuart OBE, and author and illustrator of children's books, Anthony Browne.  


A resident conductor of Queen Mary University of London Chamber Choir, also Castelletti holds several key moments in her career to-date to heart. These include conducting at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Richard Strauss and Mahler in Canterbury Cathedral, Respighi at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta, conducting soloist Carmine Lauri, the privilege of conducting the Canterbury Cathedral choristers, conducting Arvo Pärt’s music for Arvo Pärt himself, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and even a production of Sweeney Todd. 


Castelletti also founded the Canterbury Chamber Orchestra, and she created and developed significant national and international partnerships. She has been on several jury panels, including the British Composer Awards, European Capital of Culture (Valletta2018) and Venice Biennale. 


This impressive range of work has not gone unnoticed. Castelletti’s performances, projects, curations and festivals have received five-star reviews and awards. One of the most prestigious being the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts 2015. 


Recently, Castelletti finished reading for a part-time Master of Studies in Literature and Arts at Oxford University. She has now moved to Oxford to take up her new post as Director of Oxford Festival of the Arts.

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