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photo credit: john kim

DAVID CASTILLO is a Los Angeles based producer and artist who delivers "impassioned," (LA Times) "beautifully sung and confidently acted" (Opera News) performances in the US and Europe.  Castillo collaborates on and creates many cutting edge projects in music, theatre, film, television, and production.  He performed as a soloist on many of the great stages, such as La Mairie du 3e arrondissement de Paris, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, The Duke on 42nd Street, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, and The Broad Stage. Upcoming performances include his return Off-Broadway to reprise the role of Atzuko and to cover Figaro in ¡Figaro! (90210) and his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande with Maestro Franz Welser-Möst and Director Yuval Sharon.

As a producer, he is the Founder and Creative Director of Jukebox Castle, a New Orleans based arts company that fuses food, music, dance, visual arts, and mixology into an immersive sensory event.  In 2017, Jukebox Castle created their first innovative production SEVEN DEADLY SINS: combining 14 of New Orleans’ best chefs (7 savory, 7 sweet) interpreting the sins, Kurt Weill + Bertolt Brecht’s cabaret The Seven Deadly Sins, dancers, mixologists, Projection Mapping, actors, singers, and DJ.  More projects are in the works for 2017 and 2018, all to be announced.  Visit www.jukeboxcastle.com.

As a singer, the New Orleans native launched world premieres with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Goethe in Louis Andriessen's Theatre of the World and in Rand Steiger & Yuval Sharon’s NIMBUS, The Industry as Jameson in HOPSCOTCH (recorded/released on The Industry Records) and as Buck Barrow in McIntosh + Rice’s Bonnie and Clyde, the Los Angeles Opera (and later in his Off-Broadway and New York Debut) as Atzuko in Mozart+Guerrerio's ¡Figaro! (90210), 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.

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.  Other projects with long time collaborator Francois Chouchan concentrate on the German/Austrian Romantic repertoire through performances of Winterreise in Los Angeles and New Orleans, extensive amounts of other Schubert lieder, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and in 2018 Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte all with Le Salon de Musiques at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  

A voice tailored to the French Baryton Martin repertoire, he has performed many of its most challenging roles and song cycles: Oreste in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride, Le Mari in Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias, L'horloge Comtoise in Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Debussy's Trois Ballades de François Villon, Poulenc's Chanson Gaillardes, Ravel's Histoires Naturelles and Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, and Fauré L'horizon Chimerique.

Castillo's focus on early music performed as Soloist in Handel's Alexander's Feast, the Messiah Sing-along, and Bach's Matthäus-Passion with the Los Angeles Master Chorale 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; and Handel's Messiah.   Other orchestral performances include Brahm’s Ein deutsches Requiem; Fauré’s Requiem; Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on Christmas Carols.  Other notable roles performed include Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Papageno in The Magic FluteDr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Sid in Albert Herring, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon, 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 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.  David also trained at Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Thriving Creating Artists, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.  In addition, he is a commercial actor and a print model.  He served on the faculty of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.  David is a former 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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