Past seasons on the operatic stage include appearances at the Metropolitan Opera (Count Almaviva), Lyric Opera of Chicago
(David in Die Meistersinger, Trin, La fanciulla del West, Andres in Wozzeck), Houston Grand Opera (Tamino), Washington
National Opera (Don Ramiro), Metropolitan Opera/Juilliard Opera (Renaud, Armide), Opera Philadelphia (Don Ottavio,
Don Giovanni), Glyndebourne Festival (David in Die Meistersinger), Opera Theatre of St. Louis (Don Ottavio; Ferrando),
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Pedrillo), Pittsburgh Opera (Belmonte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Count Almaviva),
Arizona Opera (Ralph Rackstraw, HMS Pinafore, Tonio), Palm Beach Opera (Count Almaviva, Ernesto in Don Pasquale),
the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy (Ferdinand, The Tempest), and the Saito Kinen Festival
in Japan (Gonzalve, L’heure espagnole). Mr. Portillo has also made important European debuts in recent seasons
with Wiener Staatsoper (Count Almaviva), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Pedrillo, Lurcanio), Salzburg Festival (Don
Gaspar in Donizetti’s La favorite), and with Opera Angers-Nantes (Narciso).
With orchestra, David Portillo has appeared as the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the
Phoenix Symphony, Elmhurst Symphony, and Colorado Music Festival, and Haydn’s Creation with the Colorado Music
Festival. In Handel’s Messiah, he has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony and Richmond
Symphony. He has performed as the tenor soloist in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Netherlands Radio
Orchestra. With Washington Concert Opera, he has performed Tebaldo in concert performances of I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
He has also appeared in recital with Steven Blier and the Schwabacher Debut Recital under the auspices of the San
Francisco Opera Center, where the San Francisco Chronicle lauded that his “tenor rang out clearly and brightly,
his diction was exemplary, and he moved with easy assurance from the 17th century to the 20th.”
An alumnus of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, and Wolf Trap
Opera in Vienna, Virginia, Mr. Portillo grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.