|New Orleans native DAVID CASTILLO is a performer
and producer who resides as an inaugural
Company Member of The Industry. His relationship with The Industry began with several workshops throughtheir First Take series and continued as the mad doctor Jameson in Hopscotch, Buck Barrow in the world premiere of McIntosh/Rice’s Bonnie and Clyde, Ludovico in Sharon/Brecht’s Galileo, and the LA Phil performance installation of Steiger/Sharon’s Nimbus.
As a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he performed in Elkhanah Pulitzer’s production of
Bernstein's MASS with Gustavo Dudamel, a production that led to David’s Lincoln Center debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival with Louis Langrée. He performed their world premieres of Louis Andriessen’s Theatre of the World, released on Nonesuch Records, and Annie Gosfield and Yuval Sharon’s War of the Worlds, a co-production with The Industry starring Sigourney Weaver. Other LA Phil + Yuval productions include John Cage’s Europeras 1 & 2 and covering Ryan McKinny as the Singer/Actor in Night and Dreams: A Schubert & Beckett Recital.
David also collaborated on world premieres with LA Opera as Atzuko in Guerrerio’s ¡Figaro! (90210)
(and later in his Off-Broadway & NY debut), the LA Master Chorale as King David in Kirchner’s Songs of Ascent, The Boston Court for Parola’s Hélas, the USC Fischer Museum in Parola’s infinite self, and Loyola New
Orleans in Skelton’s Letters to Santa. He collaborates with composer Juan J. Colomer and Maestro Ignazio
Terrasi for the world premiere of Dulcinea XL as Merlin in 2019.
Highlights from recent seasons include his debuts with The Cleveland Orchestra in Debussy’s Pélleas et
Mélisande with Franz Welser-Möst and 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 in Paris with pianist François Chouchan in their third performance of Schubert’s Winterreise. David and François also performed Winterreise in Los Angeles and New Orleans.
In the dance world, David partnered with Luminario Ballet for a danced production of Winterreise, the
American Contemporary Ballet in Le Fate In Italia, and Mojacar Flamenco for Romance Sonambulo. He joins Jay Carlon for his residency at the LA Dance Project as Co-producer and Narrator of FLEX, a work discovering the Filipino-American story.
As a producer, David created Seven Deadly Sins, a show that immerses audiences into the sensory
intersection of the musical, culinary, movement, visual, and mixology arts. He produced Innervisions:revisited and produces William Nedved and Kentaro Kameyama’s The Passion of McQueen, also performing as Lee “Alexander” McQueen and starring Peabody Southwell as Isabella “Issie” Blow.
David graduated with honors both from USC 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. On screen,he appeared on America’s Got Talent and in commercials for Dyson, Heineken, and PicBot.