Seasons with Chorale: 5
Previous LAMC solos:
Voice Part CHORALE: Bass
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
MM - USC Thornton School of Music, BM - Loyola University New Orleans; Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Thriving Creative Artists, Killian's Commercial Workshop
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do? I am the Founder and Creative Director of Jukebox Castle, a production company that fuses Food+Music into multi-sensory experiences. JukeboxCastle.com
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
Guest Appearances: World premieres with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Goethe in Andriessen's Theatre of the World, as Baritone Soloist in Rand Steiger’s NIMBUS, and upcoming as the Officer in Gosfield’s War of the Worlds; the Los Angeles Opera (and later in 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 as Buck Barrow in McIntosh/Rice’s Bonnie and Clyde; Loyola New Orleans as the Baritone Soloist in Letters to Santa; the USC Fischer Museum as the baritone soloist in Parola's infinite self. West Coast premieres as the Title Role in Britten's Owen Wingrave and Ferdinand in Hoiby's The Tempest. 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. Also performed Winterreise with Francois in New Orleans and Los Angeles, with an upcoming performance in collaboration with Luminario Ballet in Dec 2017. In May 2017, debuted with The Cleveland Orchestra in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande with Maestro Franz Welser-Möst and Director Yuval Sharon. Other performances include New Orleans Opera, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Le Salon de Musiques, Long Beach Opera, the Horizon Music Group, wildUP, Mojacar Flamenco, and American Contemporary Ballet.
Recording/TV/Film: Seen on camera in commercials for Heineken, Burger King and PicBot. Former member of the opera boy band VOX, seen on America's Got Talent.
Highlights of your musical career: My LA Phil debut, my Cleveland Orchestra Debut at Severance Hall, performing Winterreise in Paris, performing Off-Broadway, performing in Hopscotch
Favorite choral work(s):
Bach. Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem. Bach. Bach
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience: Performing King David in Shawn Kirchner's Songs of Ascent with the Master Chorale. Also, when time and the world stopped at least two times during Bach's magical B minor Mass in Disney Hall.
What are you listening to these days? M.I.A., 70s Funk, Cake, The Marsalis Family, Bossa Nova, Schubert, Jazz, Kurt Weill
Online Headshot: bio-castillo-david.jpg
Where do you live in L.A.? Highland Park
What L.A. experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers? The booming musical, visual arts, dance, culinary, and mixology scene in Downtown Los Angeles.