Britten in Song: A note for our audience

britten100Concertos“Britten in Song” is today! Nov. 10 at 5:00 at The Parish Church of St. Mark, Episcopal in Glendale, 1010 N. Brand Blvd. It will be a celebration of Benjamin Britten’s repertoire for the solo voice. Not only is the repertoire varied, but so are the voices! Sopranos Bianca Hall and Ariel Pisturino, tenor Arnold Geis, and baritone David Castillo are all uniquely compelling vocalists and performers. Add to this the talents of internationally acclaimed tenor Jonathan Mack and the pianistic finesse of Kristof van Grysperre, and the only possible result is an extraordinary recital.

This is a general admission event, and no tickets are
required. We don’t know what is in your hearts, or your budget, but we are counting on visitors to make some sort of donation to help us cover the costs of this event. We would gratefully accept cash or a check, as is convenient.

Parking is free in the church parking lot (behind the church on Dryden) and on adjacent streets. Refreshments or a light meal before or after the program are available at Recess, only a few steps away from the church on Brand Blvd.

There will be a brief pre-concert talk about Britten and his music at 5:00, and then it’s off to the races! We hope to see you.

Our “Britten in Song” artists: David Castillo

Filipino-American baritone David Castillo has been honored with several prizes: the Grand Prize of the Steward Brady Competition, a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist Award, a National Finalist Award in Classical Singer’s University Competition, an Encouragement Award from the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, and grants from David-Castillo_headshot_webthe Los Angeles based Opera Buffs, Inc. During the USC Thornton Opera’s 2012/2013 season, he performed as Ferdinand in the West Coast premiere of Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest and Second Commissioner in Francis Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites. He was a featured performer in the Opera Buffs, Inc. Spring 2013 Showcase and in the Palm Springs Opera Guild’s “Opera in the Park 2013” event.  For Vermont’s Green Mountain Opera Festival, he has appeared as Sid in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring and as Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. During the 2011/2012 season, he appeared as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with La Mirada Vocal Arts, sang the baritone solos in in Handel’s Messiah with the Claremont Symphony Orchestra, and essayed the title role in the West Coast premiere of Britten’s Owen Wingrave with USC Thornton Opera. David holds the Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and the Bachelor of Music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. He spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, where he performed the roles of Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Le Fauteuil and L’Arbre in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and Liberto in L’incoronazione di Poppea. He has also been a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. He is a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and appears frequently as a recitalist.

David’s credentials speak for themselves–he is a rising star in the singing world and we are happy he will share his talents on our upcoming “Britten in Song” concert!