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photo credit: john kim

DAVID CASTILLO is a Los Angeles-based artist who delivers "impassioned," (LA Times) "beautifully sung and confidently acted" (Opera News) performances in the US and Europe.  He is the Founder and Creative Director of Jukebox Castle, a New Orleans-based arts organization that fuses music, culinary arts, visual arts, dance, and mixology into an immersive sensory event. This season brings world premieres with the Los Angeles Philharmonic + The Industry in Steiger’s Nimbus, The Industry in Bonnie and Clyde, and Loyola New Orleans in Skelton’s Letters to Santa; debuts with The Cleveland Orchestra in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande with Maestro Franz Welser-Möst and Director Yuval Sharon, and the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem; and returns to Le Salon de Musiques for Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and an all French Song recital with pianist Victoria Kirsch.

The New Orleans native debuted world premieres with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Goethe in Louis Andriessen's Theatre of the World with staging by Pierre Audi, the Los Angeles Opera (and later in his Off-Broadway and New York Debut) as Atzuko in ¡Figaro! (90210), the Los Angeles Master Chorale as King David in Kirchner's Songs of Ascent, The Industry as Jameson in HOPSCOTCH, and the USC Fischer Museum as the baritone soloist in Parola's infinite self.  He performed West Coast premieres as the Title Role in Britten's Owen Wingrave and Ferdinand in Hoiby's The Tempest.  He made his European Debut in Paris performing Schubert's Winterreise with pianist Francois Chouchan in honor of Dr. Elsa Cayat, the only woman killed in the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

His concert appearances include performances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale as the baritone soloist in Alexander's Feast, the Messiah Sing-along, and Bach's Matthäus-Passion under Maestro Grant Gershon at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  He has performed other works of Bach, including Jesus in Johannes-Passion and Cantatas 73, 106, and 147; Handel's Messiah; Schubert's Winterreise (Paris, Los Angeles and New Orleans); Brahm's Ein deutsches Requiem; Fauré Requiem; Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on Christmas Carols; and Ravel's Don Quichotte à Dulcinée and Histoires Naturelles.  Other notable roles performed include Oreste in Iphigénie en Tauride, Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Papageno in The Magic Flute; Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Sid in Albert Herring, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon, L'horloge Comtoise in L'enfant et les Sortilèges, and Il Barone di Trombonok in Il Viaggio a Reims

David is 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.  He 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 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.  David also trained at Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Thriving Creating Artists, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.  In addition to his singing career, he is a commercial actor and a print model.  He served on the faculty of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.  David was a member of the pop opera quartet VOX, recently featured on America’s Got Talent.  

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.

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