Baritone Gustavo Castillo, who comes from Barquisimeto (Venezuela), owes the beginning of his musical education to El Sistema, a renowned music project in his home country. From 2016 to 2018 Castillo was a member of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he started his stage career singing Peter in Humperdinck's HANSEL UND GRETEL and Figaro in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for children.
Current and future projects include the debut as Mercutio/ROMEO ET JULIETTE at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, as Renato/UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Theater Klagenfurt, concerts in Montreal and San Diego and the debut with the MDR Symphony Orchestra under Dennis Russel Davis as baritone -Soloist in CANTATA CRIOLLA by Estevez.
Recent engagements include his debut as Marcello/LA BOHEME in Japan as well as his debut as Posa/DON CARLOS at Theater Bern. He sang Sharpless/MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Peter/HANSEL UND GRETEL, Mirko Zeta/DIE MERLIGE WIDOW at Teatro Lirico in Cagliari and Enrico/LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at Oviedo Opera. He has appeared as Figaro/IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at La Scala in Milan and as Foscari/IL BRAVO by Mercadanti at Wexford Festival Opera.
In concert he sang Estevez CANTATA CRIOLLA with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at the May Festival. Furthermore he sang Ginastera's ESTANCIA with the Los Angeles Phil under Gustavo Dudamel and CARMINA BURANA at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno.
After his debut as Shaunard in LA BOHEME at age 25 performances as Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Sagrestanoi in TOSCA and Belcore in L'ELISIR D'AMORE followed. He also sang Valentin in Diana Daniele's FAUST, Dandini in LA CENERENTOLA for children, an adaptation of Rossini's work by Alexander Krampe.
His extensive concert repertoire includes works by A. Faist, M. Duruflé and G. Fauré's REQUIEM, Mozart's KRÖNUNGSMESSE, Bach's MAGNIFICAT, Beethoven's 9th Symphony in D minor, Orff's CARMINA BURANA and Antonio Estévez' CANTATA CRIOLLA and many more.