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Washington Classical Review

His intriguing program focused on two sides of the singer’s identity, featuring gay composers on the first half, followed by Hispanic composers on the second.

-Washington Classical Review
Your Classical

Watch: Minnesota Opera brings 'Albert Herring' to life

-Your Classical
Your Classical

Metropolitan Opera star David Portillo gives his first performance since beginning of COVID-19

-Your Classical
Opera News

One for All: Tenor David Portillo thrives on collaborating with his colleagues

-Opera News
Star Tribune

New Minnesota tenor makes his local debut with beautiful songs of heartache

-Star Tribune
Opera Wire

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

-Opera Wire


Chevalier de la Force

And tenor David Portillo shimmered in one of the opera’s few male roles, as Blanche’s heartbroken brother who begs her to flee war-torn France.

-The Observer

Blanche’s brother, the Chevalier de la Force (the sweet-voiced tenor David Portillo in an endearing performance), shares his father’s concerns about Blanche. As they talk, revolution is fomenting right outside

-New York Times

David Portillo’s clear, airy tenor was an ideal fit for the Chevalier de la Force, Blanche’s brother, colorful and light at its top.

-New York Classical Review

Concert and Recital

Portillo’s lovely lyric tenor has gained depth and richness in recent years, and perhaps an additional dollop of honey in the timbre as well. Portillo essayed Miguel Sandoval’s classic “Sin tu amor” in grand style, and later displayed a beautifully floated upper register in a melting account of Carlos Guastavino’s “La Rosa y El Sauce.”

-Opera News


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


Don Ottavio

David Portillo was an ardent Don Ottavio, with a bright tenor to match.

-Dallas Morning News

The lithe tenor David Portillo as Don Ottavio shone, and his voice never wobbled as he sustained and stretched notes to impressive length. His forthright commitment to his fiancé, Donna

-Dallas Observer

Tenor David Portillo as Don Ottavio demonstrated a beautiful and warm tone, along with an amazing breath control and impressive ability to sustain phrases in his two arias, easily producing

-Texas Classical Review

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

-Broadway World

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

-Opera News

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

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, another newcomer, showed a beautifully balanced tenor.

-St. Louis Eats and Drinks


When the soon-to-be spouses Beatrìz (a rich-voiced Sophie Bevan) and Eduardo (the shining tenor David Portillo) decide to end their torment apart from the rest of the company, they sing

-New York Classical Review

The love duet between David Portillo and Sophie Bevan was a thing of beauty.

-Opera Lively

Sophie Bevan and David Portillo as the suicidal lovers infuse an especially intense duet with passion and despair.

-Cultural Weekly


The Carsen production used American tenor David Portillo as the prince; Portillo offered a delicately sung and played Idamante, his finely scaled, piercing lyric voice deployed with elegant command of

-Opera News

Muy notable el Idamante de David Portillo, a quien había escuchado ya el pasado verano en Múnich, precisamente junto a Ivor Bolton en Orlando Paladino. Voz de emisión flexible, cantante

-Platea Magazine


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

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

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

Tenor David Portillo’s excellently sung Lurcanio.

-Opera News


Portillo brought down the house with his aria “Ecco spiano. Ecco il mio trillo” towards the end of Act 2; the aria requires the singer to demonstrate mezza voce, trills,


Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

- Plato