He has brought his stellar interpretations to the roles of Don Alfonso in Mozart's comic Cosi fan Tutte, both Leporello and Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Don Basilio in Mozart's Il Barbieri di Siviglia, Colline and Shaunard in Puccini's La Boheme, Balthazar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, Dulcamara in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and Germont in Verdi's La Traviata.
He began his vocal studies as a teenager when his high school music teacher recognized his resonant voice and innate musical instincts. Looking to the vocal journeys of the great operatic singers in history, he read every biography and autobiography he could find of his favorite singers such as Enrico Caruso, Robert Merrill, Tita Ruffo, Tito Gobbi and Maria Callas. One thing these singers had in common besides their natural talent, he discerned, was the guidance of a good teacher.
With his tenacious dedication to developing a solid bel canto technique, he sang for many opera masters and he benefited from private lessons with renowned artists including Renata Scotto, Juan Pons, Ernesto Palacio and Marilyn Horne. He traveled to Rome, a cradle of great opera tradition, to study with tenor Gianni Bavaglio. For over a year under this master's guidance, he developed his technique of using the speaking tone (parlato) throughout singing. This technique makes the vocal chords come together in an efficient and natural way.
He continued his studies, on full scholarship, under the mentorship of Metropolitan Opera baritone Kim Josephson at University of Oklahoma, where he completed his degree in musical studies and vocal performance.
During his journey to uncover the full potential of his own voice, he began to share his love of singing and belief in the bel canto technique through teaching others. "I soon realized that teaching what I learned from the masters was the best way to reinforce my knowledge. My passion for teaching was born."
Another motive that sparks his teaching passion is to prevent young students from learning incorrectly at first, then having to undo the vocal harm caused by unhealthy methods. What makes his teaching unique is his keen ability to uncover the power and potential in each student, one on one. To learn more about lessons with Eduardo Castro, please visit the "Teaching" page. Mr. Castro is an active member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
"Bass baritone Eduardo Castro ... conveyed a lot through his recitative. In fact, the speech-like
singing of recitatives told the confusing details of this story." (Virginia Opera's Agrippina, Lee Teply)
(CVNC Online Arts Journal, William Thomas Walker)
Eduardo Castro performs the role of Giovanni in Washington Concert Opera's Il Corsaro with
Maestro Antony Walker, tenor Michael Fabiano and sopranos Tamara Wilson and Nicole Cabell