New Orleans native DAVID CASTILLO is a performing artist and producer who delivers “impassioned” (Los Angeles Times), “beautifully sung and confidently acted” (Opera News) performances in the U.S. and Europe.
In his return to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the role of the Officer in Annie Gosfield’s and Yuval Sharon’s War of the Worlds marks his fourth collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the past three seasons. Previous LA Phil engagements include the role of Goethe in Louis Andriessen’s world premiere Theatre of the World, released on Nonesuch Records; Rand Steiger’s and Yuval Sharon’s performance installation Nimbus, and covering Ryan McKinny as the Singer/Actor in Night and Dreams: A Schubert & Beckett Recital.
His relationship with the experimental opera company The Industry began as the mad doctor Jameson in Yuval’s Hopscotch and continued with Buck Barrow in McIntosh and Rice’s Bonnie and Clyde, Ludovico in Akiho’s and Sharon’s Galileo, and several new works developed through their First Take series.
David also collaborated on world premieres with the LA Opera as Atzuko in Guerrerio’s ¡Figaro! (90210) (and later in his Off-Broadway and New York debut), the Los Angeles Master Chorale as King David in Kirchner’s Songs of Ascent, the USC Fischer Museum in Parola’s infinite self, and Loyola New Orleans in Skelton’s Letters to Santa. He performed west coast premieres as the title role in Britten’s Owen Wingrave and as Ferdinand in Hoiby’s The Tempest.
Highlights from recent seasons include his debuts with The Cleveland Orchestra in Debussy’s Pélleas et Mélisande with Maestro Franz Welser-Möst and director Yuval Sharon, with the Long Beach Opera in Rodríguez’s Frida, and a return to the New Orleans Opera in Bizet’s Carmen with fellow New Orleanian Bryan Hymel as Don José. He made his European debut at La Mairie du 3e arrondissement de Paris with pianist François Chouchan in their third performance of Schubert’s Winterreise. David and François performed Winterreise in Los Angeles and New Orleans, and will also partner with Luminario Ballet for a danced production of the same cycle.
Castillo performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Maestro Grant Gershon in Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, the Messiah Sing-Along, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and with the Horizon Music Group and Maestro Christian Campos in several Bach cantatas. In partnership with pianist Dr. Irene Gregorio and her research, they celebrate their Filipino heritage performing the musical art form of Kundiman. On screen, he appeared on America’s Got Talent and in commercials for Burger King, Heineken, and PicBot.
With a driven and ambitious team of artists and business professionals, David founded and serves as the CEO and Creative Director of Jukebox Castle. His headline production, Seven Deadly Sins, immerses audiences into a visceral experience through a curated fusion of the musical, culinary, movement, visual, and mixology arts.
Castillo graduated with honors both from the University of Southern California with a Master of Music under Rod Gilfry and from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Music under the late Philip Frohnmayer. While at Loyola, David made his professional operatic debut with the New Orleans Opera as The Old Gypsy in Verdi's Il Trovatore and performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as Bill Bobstay in Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore.
He is a muay thai, boxing, brazilian jiu-jitsu, mezcal, cake (the band), latin music, jazz, spanish guitar, Netflix Chef's Table, traveling, and New Orleans enthusiast.