¡Figaro! (90210) | ATZUKO

The Duke on 42nd : Off-Broadway Debut

"There's also comic relief from Basel the opportunistic tutor and Atuzko (David Castillo), who memorably plays the gardener with pitch-perfect stoner hilarity."

- Theatre Is Easy, theasy.com

"Low-key and droll, David Castillo as Atzuko, the Cheech-and-Chong type gardener, manages to come close to scene stealing in his brief appearances."  

- TheatreScene.net

LOS ANGELES OPERA : World Premiere

"Even as Guerrerio retains Da Ponte’s thematic structure, the local lyricist ditches the original Italian libretto for a bawdy, purposefully outrageous English-language (mixed with a little Spanish) storyline that ultimately centers on the stoned observations of a slacker gardener (played with deadpan aplomb by David Castillo)."  

- LA Weekly

"For Los Angelenos, the stoned gardener played by David Castillo and sung in a Valley accent was beyond hilarious."

- The International Review of Music

"Though in the end, they’re all trumped by the least expected: the aging gardener, Antonio, now the stoner botanist Atzuko, who in the capable hands and voice of David Castillo, finds the most perfectly timed instrumental moment to spark up a massive doobie before joining in for the finale."

- Lauri's List



"Deft use of a mid-sized string orchestra, piano and two harps set the scene for baritone David Castillo to start us out.  He is the classic heroic baritone with a tenor top...his vibrant, youthful sound is remarkable and a pleasure to hear."

- Lauri's List

Ein deutsches requiem | Soloist

Pasadena Master Chorale

"Baritone David Castillo was featured in Herr, lehre doch mich and Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt. Castillo does not appear physically to be a powerhouse but he matched the more than 60-voice chorale and piano. His lyric sound filled the enormous space lightly, appropriately and completely."

- Lauri's List