Filipino-American baritone David Castillo is a singing actor becoming known to deliver strong performances "beautifully sung and confidently acted" (Opera News). His versatile 2014/15 season began with performances as Moralès in two productions of Carmen, for his debut with Aspen Opera Theatre and his return to the New Orleans Opera, followed with his Los Angeles Opera debut as Atzuko in the World Premiere of ¡Figaro! (90210), as The Count / José María in the Los Angeles Opera - Education & Community production of The Marriage of Figueroa, and as Oreste in Iphigénie en Tauride returning as a guest artist with USC Thornton Opera. On the concert and recital stages, he performs as the Narrator in the World Premiere of Shawn Kirchner's Songs of Ascent, the Baritone Soloist in the Messiah Sing-along, and Judas in the St. Matthew Passion with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the baton of Grant Gershon; the Baritone Soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Rogue Valley Symphony; the Baritone Soloist in Faure's Requiem and J.S. Bach's Cantata 106 with the Claremont Chorale, and Schubert's Winterreise with pianist Francois Chouchan with Le Salon de Musiques (Los Angeles) and the St. Louis Cathedral Concert Series (New Orleans).
His 2013/2014 season brought new collaborations with the Luminario Ballet and Pianist Francois Chouchan on selections from Schubert’s Winterreise with Le Salon de Musiques and Pianist Francois Chouchan at the Beverly Hills Country Club, and with Pianist Victoria Kirsch in several concerts around Southern California. On the operatic stage, he performed the roles of Des Grieux in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon and Il Barone di Trombonok in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims with the USC Thornton School of Music.
During the 2012/2013 season, he performed as the lover Ferdinand in the West Coast Premiere of Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest and Second Commissioner in Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites with USC Thornton Opera, as a featured performer in the Opera Buffs, Inc. Spring 2013 Showcase and in the Palm Springs Opera Guild’s “Opera in the Park 2013” event, and returned to the Green Mountain Opera Festival as the mischievous Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring and to cover study the title role in Mozart’s infamous Don Giovanni.
In the 2011/2012 season, he performed as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with La Mirada Vocal Arts, the Baritone Soloist in the Messiah with the Claremont Symphony Orchestra, the title role in the West Coast Premiere of Britten’s Owen Wingrave with USC Thornton Opera, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale and covered Schaunard in La Bohème both with the Green Mountain Opera Festival, and ended the season as a Fellowship Artist at the Aspen Music Festival.
The New Orleans native holds a Master of Music from the USC Thornton School of Music, under the tutelage of Rod Gilfry, and a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University New Orleans, where he studied under the late Philip Frohnmayer. While studying at Loyola, he made his professional debut in 2011 as Old Gypsy in Il Trovatore with the New Orleans Opera and Bill Bobstay in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. With the Loyola Opera Theatre, he performed the main role of Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Belcore in The Elixir of Love, L’Horloge Comtoise in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Elder McClean in Susannah, and Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance. David spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, where he performed the roles of Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Le Fauteuil and L’Arbre in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, and Liberto in L’incoronazione di Poppea.
David has been honored as the 2010 Grand Prize Winner of the Steward Brady Competition, a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist, a 2010 National Finalist in Classical Singer’s University Competition, the 2013 Runner-up and 2012 Encouragement Award Recipient from the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, and a multiple Opera Buffs, Inc. Grant Recipient.