Hailed by the San Francisco Gate for her vocal “power and florid elegance”, soprano Teresa Castillo was a recent participant at San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program and sang the role of #1 in Conrad Susa’s Transformations. She is a winner of the 2017 Anita Cerquetti International Opera Competition, semi-finalist in the prestigious Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, winner of the Elaine Malbin Competition, and career grant recipient from Career Bridges New York. This summer Ms. Castillo returned to Bel Canto at Caramoor and sang on the Opening Night Gala Concert with acclaimed soprano, Angela Meade, covered the role of Adele in Il pirata and sang the Soprano Solo in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. While at Caramoor as an Apprentice Artist she sang in the U.S. Premiere of Terra Cotta Warriors in 3D and une voix de femme en coulisse in Dialogues des Carmélites. This fall, she will join the Opera Theatre of St. Louis for their Opera on the Go! performances as the Königin der Nacht in their rendition of Die Zauberflöte. Winter 2018, she will make her debut with the Virginia Opera covering the roles of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This past season, Ms. Castillo made her debut with the Occasional Opera Company singing the role of Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, which she also recently sang with the Seoul International Opera Festival in Korea and with the Manhattan Opera Studio in New York. January 2019 she will be making her debut with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra singing the role of Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte.
Other recent performances include Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Loveland Opera Theatre, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Emerald City Opera, Elsie Maynard in Yeomen of the Guard with Empire Lyric Players, The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel with Lamont Opera Theatre, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Metropolitan State Opera Ensemble, and Adele in The Bat with Rocky Mountain Chamber Opera. She was also a recent member of the Central City Opera Ensemble for seven seasons. On the concert stage, Ms. Castillo has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Brahm’s Ein deutsches Requiem and the world premiere Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory’s Convergence with the Boulder Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Along with her standard repertoire, she frequently enjoys singing new works by established and upcoming composers such as her recent performances as Ana Maria in the new opera En mis Palabras with the Central City Opera Ensemble.
Ms. Castillo has won first place in the Classical Singer Competition at the Young Artist level, second place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and was featured in the “Who Inspires You?” article series in Classical Singer Magazine. She has received several grants from The Allied Arts in Denver, CO and from the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship foundation based in Cranston, RI. During her time at Lamont, she was awarded many prestigious awards, including the Joe Docksey music career development fund, the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Award and with the Recital of Distinction Award.
Ms. Castillo holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master’s Degree from the Lamont School of Music.