Teresa Castillo, soprano, is making huge strides in the world of classical music. Known for her “silvery, shimmering” voice, effortless high notes and her “…absolutely beautiful voice” she is quickly gaining more and more recognition. Recently, she 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.

This season, she will be making her debut in Italy, to participate in the Opera Viva! Italy festival. There she will soak up the Italian sun, watch some of Italian Opera’s most loved and classic operas and will be performing scenes from Giulio Cesare as “Cleopatra” at the Castel Vecchio. She will also be making her move out to New York City to continue her studies with Ms. 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. Last year 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 BuranaMahler Symphony 4 and the world premier of Convergence, a song for Soprano and orchestra written by Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory.

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 Denver, CO and enjoys knitting, reading and singing along with her pet bird, uncle feather.

“Comic relief was provided mostly by Drusilla…” – from her recent performance as “Drusilla” in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea
- Voce di Meche, 2013

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