Eric Castro is a Baritone soloist, performing in opera, concert, and oratorio with professional orchestras and opera companies at major venues in North America and in Europe. He has performed multiple times as a soloist at Walt Disney Concert Hall: twice with California Philharmonic Orchestra — as Marcello in a “La Bohème” Concert and as “Konchak, Polovetsian khan” in Borodin’s “Polovetzian Dances”; and twice again with Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic — in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”
At the Carpenter Centre in Long Beach, Eric was guest soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Choral Symphony “The Bells” with the Cal. State Long Beach Orchestra & Chorus; and in concert with LA Lawyers Phil, he soloed in Faure’s “Requiem” and sang the Toreador aria from “Carmen” at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.
Other oratorios include: Saint Saens’ and Bach’s “Christmas Oratorios” — with Camerata of Los Angeles Orchestra & Chorus; Schubert Mass No. 5 in A Flat Major with Brentwood-Westwood Symphony & Chorus; and Handel’s “Messiah” at the Annual Chez Sloan event with Orchestra & Chorus, Frank Fetta, conductor (featured in a front page LA Times article, December 27, 2010).
In opera, his performances as the King in a world-premiere of “The Woman In The Wall,” produced by Overtone Industries, were highly praised:
“…impressive was Eric Castro as The King, who had a commanding presence …” Culture Spot LA, by David Maurer, March 28, 2012; “… Eric Castro (King) has an undeniably powerful presence …” Stage and Cinema, by Sarah Taylor Ellis, March 28, 2012.
He has also appeared as a principal in operatic productions with Redlands Bowl Symphony, Nevada Opera Theatre, Palisades Symphony, and Opera Royale. Operatic roles include the title role of Don Giovanni; Sam in Bernstein’s “Trouble In Tahiti”; Marcello, Escamillo, Sharpless, Count Almaviva, Falke, Lescaut, Papageno, Silvio and Germont, pere.
In June, he is scheduled to perform as Ramphis, the High Priest, in Verdi’s grand opera masterpiece “Aida” — in Las Vegas with Nevada Opera Theatre, in a fully-staged production with orchestra and chorus.
Internationally, Eric Castro has performed in Prague, Czech Republic as Marcello; at the Baja California Cultural Institute as Simon in Enrique Gonzalez-Medina’s “Las Poquianchis”; and in concert at the Nomikos Concert Hall on the Isle of Santorini, Greece. He also originated the role of Austin Dickinson in Eva Conley Kendrick’s opera “Emily” at the Mary K. Hail Music Mansion in Providence, Rhode Island.
As an actor, Eric’s performance as Nick Bottom in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Archway Theater in August 2012 earned high praise in LA Weekly: “…the players’ play-within-a-play featuring Eric Castro as the addled Bottom is the most entertaining.”
In musical theatre, he recently played the role of Frank the Violinist in a staged reading of the new musical “Mary Marie” by Chana Wise & Carl Johnson for the STAGES Festival at the Academy of New Musical Theatre; and the role of Cliff the Banker in “Beggar$ & Choo$er$, The Musical” by jill Wright & William Ashford, at Greenway Court Theater.
A member of SAG, Eric was a featured player in the CBS Movie of the Week “Classified Love” with Michael McKean; and was an on screen singer in Columbia Pictures’ “Man Trouble” with Jack Nicholson and Ellen Barkin. On stage, Eric has played Oberon and Theseus in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Claudius and the Ghost in “Hamlet,” Valmont in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” and Paul Bratter in “Barefoot in the Park.”
Eric is also Artistic Director and co-founder of American Shakespeare Company, for which he has staged and directed, as well as composed original music for, productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Hamlet” and “Romeo & Juliet.” He also plays classical and rock guitar and classical piano, and is a singer and guitarist with the retro rock & soul band “Boomerang!” which appeared during New Year’s week at Club Med in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Eric studied music and drama at Yale University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, and he has a Juris Doctorate from University of Southern California Law School. He is a partner at the law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Los Angeles, and is Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Glendale College of Law, where he teaches Corporations Law.
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