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.
As a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David performed Bernstein's MASS with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and Director Elkhanah Pulitzer; the world premieres of Annie Gosfield’s and Yuval Sharon’s War of the Worlds and Louis Andriessen’s Theatre of the World, released on Nonesuch Records; Rand Steiger’s and Yuval Sharon’s performance installation Nimbus; and covered 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 world premiere 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.
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. With Francois and Le Salon de Musiques, they have performed other various Schubert Lieder, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte.
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.
Notable roles performed include Owen in Britten's Owen Wingrave, Ferdinand in Hoiby's The Tempest, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Le Mari in Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Oreste in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride, Sid in Albert Herring, L'horloge Comtoise in L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon, and Il Barone di Trombonok in Il Viaggio a Reims. 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 the sensory intersection 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.