Teresa Castillo, soprano, will be joining the Merola Opera Program as a participant, singing the role of #1 in Conrad Susa’s opera Transformations. She was recently a Regional Finalist in the MET National Council Auditions, won first place in the Classical Singer Competition at the Young Artist level, won second place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and was featured in the “Who Inspires You?” article series in Classical Singer Magazine. Click here to read the article. She has participated in the Bel Canto at Caramoor program as an Apprentice Artist in Katonah, NY and sang in the U.S. Premiere of Terra Cotta Warriors in 3D. She currently studies with soprano, Ashley Putnam.
Internationally, she has participated in the Opera Viva! Italy festival, and the Seoul International Opera Festival in Seoul, Korea where she debuted as the Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Ms. Castillo’s repertoire includes a wide variety of roles including, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Elsie Maynard in Yeomen of the Guard, The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Adele in The Bat, among many others. She was also a member of the Central City Opera Ensemble for seven seasons singing outreach and performing for young children.
Her concert repertoire includes Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler Symphony 4 and the world premier of Convergence, a song for Soprano and orchestra written by Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory. Along with her standard repertoire, she frequently enjoys singing new works by established and upcoming composers, including the original opera En mis Palabras for which she sang the lead female role of “Ana Maria” with the Central City Opera Ensemble.
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.
Among her many talents, Ms. Castillo spent a brief period of her life as a clown and uses those skills to help her portray her characters. She currently lives in New York and enjoys reading, knitting and being outdoors.