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 a leading classical singer of his generation. Projects for 2022-2023 include Tamino in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera, Ferrando in Così fan tutte with The Dallas Opera, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers with Austin Opera, Tonio in La fille du regiment with Minnesota Opera, Henry in Die schweigsame Frau with Bard Festival and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni in Osaka, Japan. He will also join the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and select Mozart arias, Jane Glover and Music of the Baroque as the title role in Handel’s Jephtha, and present a recital as part of the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis. In the 2021-2022 season, David performed Lurcanio in Ariodante with the Palau des les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opéra de Lille and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Pittsburgh Opera. An accomplished recitalist, David Portillo collaborated with pianist Craig Terry for appearances with Vocal Arts DC, Harris Theater and the Cleveland Art Song Festival.

In the 2020-2021 season, David Portillo performed the title role in a filmed version of Albert Herring with Minnesota Opera, originated the role of Jonathan Harker in the world premiere of John Corigliano and Marc Adamo’s Lord of Cries with Santa Fe Opera, gave a virtual recital with Valhalla Media Live and pianist Yasuko Oura, and was the tenor soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass with Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal, conducted by Yannick NézetSéguin. In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Portillo returned to the Metropolitan Opera to debut the role of Steuermann in a new production of Der fliegende Holländer, conducted by Valery Gergiev as well as Tamino in the English version of The Magic Flute, a role he repeated with the Washington National Opera.

Past seasons on the operatic stage include appearances at the Metropolitan Opera (Count Almaviva, Eduardo in The Exterminating Angel, Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Jacquino in Fidelio), Lyric Opera of Chicago (David in Die Meistersinger, Arbace in Idomeneo, Trin in La fanciulla del West, Andres in Wozzeck), Houston Grand Opera (Tamino, Count Almaviva), Dallas Opera (Don Ottavio), Opera Australia (Ferrando in Così fan tutte), Washington National Opera (Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola), Opera Philadelphia (Don Ottavio, Dr. Richardson in Breaking the Waves), Glyndebourne Festival (Tamino, David in Die Meistersinger), Opera Theatre of St. Louis (Don Ottavio; Ferrando), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Pittsburgh Opera (Belmonte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Count Almaviva), San Diego Opera (Don Ramiro), Arizona Opera (Ralph Rackstraw, HMS Pinafore, Tonio), Palm Beach Opera (Count Almaviva, Ernesto in Don Pasquale), the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy (Ferdinand, The Tempest), and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan (Gonzalve, L’heure espagnole). Mr. Portillo has also made important European debuts in recent seasons, including the Wiener Staatsoper (Count Almaviva), Dutch National Opera (Pedrillo), Oper Frankfurt (Tamino), Bayerische Staatsoper (Pasquale, Orlando Paladino), The English Concert (Lurcanio in Ariodante), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Pedrillo, Lurcanio), Salzburg Festival (Don Gaspar in Donizetti’s La favorite), and with Opera Angers-Nantes (Narciso).

With orchestra, David Portillo has appeared as the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Master Chorale for Mozart’s Requiem with Grant Gershon, a solo orchestral program of Italian repertoire with the San Antonio Symphony and Sebastian Lang-Lessing, the Minnesota Orchestra for performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, the New York Choral Society for Tippett’s A Child of our Time at Carnegie Hall, Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Phoenix Symphony and Colorado Music Festival, and Haydn’s Creation with the Colorado Music Festival. In Handel’s Messiah, he has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, US Naval Academy and Richmond Symphony. He has also performed as the tenor soloist in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra.

An alumnus of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera in Vienna, Virginia, Mr. Portillo grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and currently splits his time between Minneapolis and northern New Jersey.

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