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 2015/16 season, David Portillo will make his Metropolitan Opera debut as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, opposite Isabel Leonard. He will also return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Andres in Wozzeck in a new production by Sir David McVicar, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and Palm Beach Opera in a role debut as Ernesto in Don Pasquale. European engagements include debuts at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Bremen Festival as Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and the tenor soloist in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra. Finally, Mr. Portillo will return to the Glyndebourne Festival to sing David in Die Meistersinger.
The 2014/15 season saw Mr. Portillo return to Houston Grand Opera as Tamino in The Magic Flute, conducted by Robert Spano, a house debut as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Washington National Opera and returns to Aix-en-Provence as Pedrillo and Arizona Opera for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Tonio in La fille du régiment. Orchestral engagements included Handel’s Messiah with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and Richmond Symphony, and Berlioz’ rarely performed Lélio, with the Dayton Philharmonic.
A native of Texas, David Portillo is the recipient of many prizes, including a 2009 Sullivan Foundation Encouragement Award, 2009 American Opera Society of Chicago Award, 2009 Shoshana Foundation Grant, the 2009 Winner of the Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation Competition, and the 2008 Winner of the Men’s Prize of the Union League of Chicago Young Adult’s Music Competition.