Gustavo Castillo

Baritone

Born in Barquisimeto (Venezuela), he started his studies at “El Sistema”, a revolutionary music education program in his home country, under the guidance of the tenor Ídwer Álvarez.

 

After his debut at the age of 25 with the role of Shaunard in La Bohème he has appeared as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Sacristan in Tosca and Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore. Other roles include Valentin in Diana Daniele’s Faust, Dandini in La Cenerentola for children, an adaptation by Alexander Krampe of Rossini’s work and Brutamonte in Fierrabras at Teatro alla Scala.

 

His extensive international concert work includes W. A. Mozart, A. Faist, M. Duruflé and G. Fauré's Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Antonio Estévez’ Cantata Criolla and many other.

 

Since 2016, he is member of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan where he as recently appeared as Peter in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for children, Brutamonte in Fierrabras in Teatro alla Scala Milano, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in tour in Tuscany and Thamar in  Alì Babà e i 40 ladroni al Teatro alla Scala.

 

Future engagements include Foscari in Il Bravo at the Wexford Festival Opera, Cantata Criolla with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel with Teatro alla Scala tour to Shanghai and Teatro Lirico Cagliari.

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Composer Opera Role Theatre
V. Bellini I Puritani Riccardo  
G. Bizet Les Pêcheurs de Perles Zurga  
L. Cherubini Alì Babà e i 40 ladroni Tharma Teatro alla Scala Milano
G. Donizetti Don Pasquale Malatesta  
  Don Sebastiano Camoëns  
  L’Elisir d’Amore Belcore  
  Il Furioso all’Isola di San Domingo Kaidamà  
C. Gounod Faust Valentin  
E. Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Peter Teatro alla Scala Milano
E. Korngold Die Tote Stadt Fritz  
R. Leoncavallo Pagliacci Silvio  
J. Massenet Hérodiade Hérode  
  Le roi de Lahore Scindia  
S. Mercadante Il bravo Foscari  
W. A. Mozart Così Fan Tutte Guglielmo  
  Le Nozze di Figaro Conte d’Almaviva  
    Antonio  
       
       
G. Puccini La Bohème Marcello  
    Schaunard Teatro Teresa Carreño Caracas
  Edgar Frank  
  Madama Butterfly Sharpless Teatro Teresa Carreño Caracas
    Yamadori  
  Tosca Sagrestano  
  Turandot Ping  
    Mandarino  
G. Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Figaro Teatro alla Scala Milano
  La Cenerentola Dandini Teatro alla Scala Milano
  Guillaume Tell Guillaume Tell  
  L’Italiana in Algeri Taddeo  
  Il Signor Bruschino Gaudenzio  
F. Schubert Fierrabras Brutamonte Teatro alla Scala Milano

«Il Bravo» Wexford Festival Opera 2018

 

Gustavo Castillo stattet den Bösewicht Foscari mit dunklem Bariton und diabolischem Spiel aus.

 

Thomas Molke, Online Musik Magazin

 

Gustavo Castillo swaggers as the overentitled patrician Foscari.

 

George Hall, The Stage

 

The baritone, Gustavo Castillo was a very impressive Foscari; both his singing and acting were carefully crafted, his sinister presence thrillingly brought to life. His singing displayed skill, intelligence, and beauty. Each phrase was meticulously measured, the vocal line full of subtle accents, dynamic and colored nuances. It was a detailed and gloriously refined performance in which he perfectly captured the dark nature of Foscari.

 

Alan Neilson, Opera Wire