Press Features

A Tale of Two Seasons – David Portillo on ‘Fidelio,’ ‘The Exterminating Angel’ & Contributing to the Evolution of Opera.

-Opera Wire

San Antonio opera singer returns home for Tuesday Musical Club concert. Richard A. Marini previews David in a homecoming concert of art songs and opera arias. This February 2016 concert was one of the Tuesday Music Clubs best-attended recitals, and also featured pianist Greg Ritchey.

-San Antonio Express News

Tenor Portillo brings impressive artistry to Latin program. The IlluminArts concert series presents intimate vocal recitals in spaces surrounded by art, connecting musical and visual creativity. David and pianist Greg Ritchey offered a program of Latin song by tenor David Portillo in the MDC Museum of Art + Design in downtown Miami’s historic Freedom Tower.

-South Florida Classical Review

25 RISING STARS: OPERA'S EXCITING NEW VOICES. America’s premier opera magazine, Opera News, released their 2015 list of 25 RISING STARS: OPERA'S EXCITING NEW VOICES. F. Paul Driscoll and Brian Kellow report on opera’s next generation of headliners.

-Opera News



Tenor David Portillo was exemplary as Belmonte’s servant Pedrillo, with flexible legato and clarion top notes.


David Portillo was especially fine in Pedrillo’s song in the desert. (Further to the severed-head theme, Mr. Portillo also furnished the evening’s most memorable image when he was buried to...

-New York Times

...the excellently projected of tenor David Portillo as Pedrillo, convincing as a suffering GI on the edge

-Opera News


Tenor David Portillo sang as impeccably as ever as the noble Lurcanio.


David Portillo sang Lurcanio with a stylish grace that marked him out as a young tenor to watch.

-The Financial Times

The solid bass-baritone Matthew Brook, as the king; the spirited tenor Tyson Miller, as Odoardo, the king’s aide; and the sweet-voiced tenor David Portillo, as Ariodante’s devoted brother, were all...

-The New York Times

Pumping out long lines of notes at brisk tempos were the second pair of lovers, Lurcanio (sung by David Portillo, with gentle clarion ardor) and Dalinda.

-The Washington Post

Tenor David Portillo’s excellently sung Lurcanio.

-Opera News


Tenor David Portillo as Jaquino, a prison assistant in love with Marzelline, contributed to the domestic drama of Act 1 with his clear and penetrating high notes


The ardent tenor David Portillo makes an endearing Jaquino, a worker in the prison who adores Marzelline but has been supplanted, to his dismay, by Fidelio.

-The New York Times

Don Ramiro

As her future husband, Don Ramiro, David Portillo negotiated his difficult coloratura line with exquisite grace and delightful lyricism. Right now, the opera world is blessed with tenors who can...

-Opera Today

As Cinderella’s Prince, aka Don Ramiro in this opera version of the tale, David Portillo oozed ardent charm, using his colorful, supple tenor to win the affections of Cinderella.

-San Diego Story

David Portillo, as Ramiro, was a princely tenor with bright and supple tone. He was plaintive in the throes of love, formidable when threatening punishment, and hilarious in the duet...

-San Diego Union-Tribune

The earnest and steadfast young Price Ramiro was performed tonight by David Portillo, similarly making his WNO debut. Portillo, credited widespread international acclaim especially for his portrayal of Rossini’s leading...

-DC Metro Theater Arts

Performance-wise the evening belonged to Erraught, Bordogna and David Portillo as our prince, Don Ramiro. David Portillo and Simone Alberghini were delighful as Don Ramiro and his valet Dandini.

-Broadway World

As Ramiro, American tenor David Portillo commanded attention from the start just by producing more volume than anyone else onstage. Considerable musicalityemerged, too. Portillo’s account of DzSi, ritrovarla io giuro,dz...

-Opera News

As the Prince, David Portillo was spot on vocally and dramatically. His performance was stirring

-ionarts blog

Doctor Richardson

Tenor David Portillo's graceful legato lyricism and sterling diction proved outstanding in Richardson's melismatic lines, which might have been written for Peter Pears.

-Opera News

Some of the most conventionally beautiful singing came from tenor David Portillo as the doctor.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tenor David Portillo as Dr Richardson brought his penetrating timbre to portray a sympathetic ally.

-Bach Track


American singer David Portillo made an impressive Australian debut as Dorabella’s fiance Ferrando, his warm and clear tenor handling the high tessitura — the range in which a given type...

-Daily Telegraph

Making his Australian debut as Ferrando, American singer David Portillo has a lovely lyric tenor with a warm tone, a ringing clarity and a beautiful, smooth legato, singing the beautiful...


Tenor David Portillo as Ferrando has that golden clarity of sound without force.

-Sydney Morning Herald

The American tenor David Portillo was making his debut with Opera Australia, and a welcome one it was, too. His voice is well suited to Mozart: clear, well projected and...

-Sounds Like Sydney


David Portillo’s agile and sweetly sung apprentice David deservedly steals the show


Much more vivid were David Portillo and Hanna Hipp – just about perfection as that most unlikely of operatic couples David and Magdalene (she must be fifteen years older than...


David Portillo was a fresh-voiced, vivacious David

-Classical Source

David Portillo made for an earnest David, Sachs' apprentice, who elaborates the rules of song at tedious length.


Mr. Portillo delivered David’s extended solo aria on the art of song with confident and accurate German declamation, exquisite ornamentation, and the physical involvement so typical of the character. Portillo’s...

-Opera Today

Tenor David Portillo is charming, funny, and in superb voice as Sachs’ eager apprentice, David.

-Chicago Stage Review

The honeyed, perfectly focused singing of Portillo, another outstanding Ryan Center grad, was ideal for the role.

-Chicago Tribune

David Portillo made a star turn out of the ungrateful role of Sachs’ apprentice David. The Ryan Center alum displayed extraordinary artistry, singing with sweet tone and striking nuance and...

-Chicago Classical Review

Count Almaviva

As Ms. Leonard’s love interest, tenor David Portillo shone vocally as Count Almaviva in his Metropolitan Opera debut.

-DC Metro Theater Arts

...went on to display a warm, nuanced tone, especially in the second act.

-New York Times

...beginning with David Portillo, making his housedebut as the love-stricken Count Almaviva. He has a bright, creamy leggiero tenor with more than enough power to blaze out the top notes;...

-New York Classical Review

Making a splash as Count Almaviva right from his opening aria was the fresh- faced tenor David Portillo, who showed a genuine affinity for bel canto.

-Opera News


David Portillo provided a rare moment of stability as Wozzeck’s friend and fellow laborer Andres.

-Chicago Classical Review

Tenor and Ryan Opera Center alumnus David Portillo copes easily with the strenuous vocal ascents of Andres, Wozzeck's fellow soldier.

-Chicago Tribune


Portillo, who will make his New York Metropolitan Opera debut late this year in “Barber of Seville,” never faltered when scaling those heights with a commanding strength. He was terrific....

-Arizona Daily Star

Tenor David Portillo, who has a beautiful lyric sound, had no difficulty reaching the nine high Cs in the famous aria.

-Opera Today

Tonio, tenor David Portillo, scored high marks and high notes with ease, singing with a luxuriant warm glow that seduced the ear as he bounded about the stage with abandon....

-Opera News


David Portillo was vocally splendid as Tamino, and gave off an infectious youthful optimism.


tenor David Portillo cut a princely figure with voice to match as Tamino.

-Houston Press

Making his HGO debut David Portillo's portrayal of Tamino was definitely meraviglioso. Tamino's aria was sung with passion from note to note.

-Broadway World

Houston-based tenor David Portillo (whom we profiled in our Fall Arts Preview last October) makes a stunning HGO debut in the role of Tamino. His voice is golden, thick, and...

-Houstonia Magazine

David Portillo sings Tamino in a clean, pure tenor appropriate for the forthright hero, Candide-like in his susceptibility to the influence of others.

-Houston Chronicle

David Portillo made a fine HGO debut as a sweet and charming Tamino.

-Houston Culturemap


Portillo stood up to the music stand and offered singing notable for its ease and fluency, and for its ability to be not only ringing but gentle and soft when...

-The Washington Post

Don Ottavio

Don Ottavio was sung by David Portillo, who has a massively beautiful voice, one that deserves much larger parts.

-Broadway World

Tenor David Portillo has a gorgeous voice, and he never allowed Don Ottavio to lapse into any hint of wimpishness.

-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

David Portillo‘s cleanly voiced Don Ottavio was refreshingly manly.

-Opera News

David Portillo, another newcomer, showed a beautifully balanced tenor.

-St. Louis Eats and Drinks

Tenor David Portillo, as Donna Anna’s fiancé, made the most of his two arias, delivering some agile, lyric singing in what must be one of the most thankless roles in...

-Fort Worth Weekly

David Portillo is a Don Ottavio with a powerful and cultivated tenor.

-Dallas News

Lord Percy

David Portillo has a voice ideal for Anne's lifelong love interest, Lord Percy, an old-school Italianate tenor propelled by passion.

-Twin Cities Pioneer Press


The tenor David Portillo, a guest artist, brought his sweet, clear and agile voice to Renaud.

-The New York Times

David Portillo, heralded as “guest artist”, brought radiant tone and dynamic finesse to the tenoral laments of the Crusader Renaud.

-Financial Times

Music is the heart of life. Without it there is no possible good and with it everything is beautiful.

- Franz Liszt