David Portillo



Praised by Opera News for “high notes with ease, singing with a luxuriant warm glow that seduced the ear as he bounded about the stage with abandon,” American tenor David Portillo has established himself as one of the leading artists of his generation.

In the 2016-2017 season, David Portillo will make his Australian debut singing Ferrando in Così fan tuttewith Opera Australia, in a new production by Sir David McVicar, conducted by Jonathan Darlington. Other roles include a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Jacquino in Fidelio conducted by Sebastian Weigle,Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for his debut with Oper Frankfurt, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for a debut with Dutch National Opera, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with San Diego Opera, and Dr. Richardson in the world-premiere performances of Breaking the Waves at Opera Philadelphia, composed by Missy Mazzoli, with libretto by Royce Vavrek, based on the film of Lars von Trier. Concert performances include an international tour of Handel’s Ariodante in the role of Lurcanio, conducted by Harry Bicket. Tour stops include Carnegie Hall, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre des ChampsÉlysées, The Barbican, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Kansas City, Missouri, Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mr. Portillo will also perform selected classical works with organ with the Madison Symphony.

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“David Portillo brought a perfect Mozartian tenor and solid acting ability to his memorable Ferrando.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Another revelation was David Portillo as Don Narcisco; certainly one of the future great Rossini tenors of his generation.”