Teresa Castillo, soprano, recently won first place in the Classical Singer Competition at the Young Artist level, won second place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition and sang the role of Yum-Yum in Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta The Mikado. She has been noted by Opus Colorado for her “…absolutely beautiful voice” and is known for her silvery, shimmery quality and effortless high notes.
This season, she made her debut in Italy, participating in the Opera Viva! Italy festival. There she performed in beautiful churches and the Castel Vecchio, singing oratorio and performing scenes from Giulio Cesare as “Cleopatra” and Il barbiere di Siviglia as “Rosina”. She currently resides in New York City and studies with Ashley Putnam.
She received her Bachelors in Music Performance from the Metropolitan State College of Denver where she studied with Dr. MeeAe Nam, and briefly studied with renowned mezzo-soprano Judith Christin. She recently graduated from the Lamont School of Music with a Masters in Vocal Performance under the guidance of Sara Bardill and bass Ken Cox.
Ms. Castillo’s operatic repertoire includes a wide variety of roles including Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, 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 among many others. She has also been a member of the Central City Opera Ensemble for the past seven seasons singing outreach and performing for young children. 2013 she was awarded many prestigious awards from Lamont, including the Joe Docksey music career development fund, and the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Award, along with the Recital of Distinciton Award.
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 which she sang the lead female role of “Ana Maria” with the Central City Opera Ensemble. While in school, she also performed and collaborated with composition majors frequently.
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 and enjoys reading, knitting and being outdoors.“Comic relief was provided mostly by Drusilla…” – from her recent performance as “Drusilla” in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea
– Voce di Meche, 2013