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Charles Castronovo
Tenor

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Charles Castronovo was born in New York and made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in Pagliacci singing the role of Beppe. He soon found himself cast in other roles, including Fenton (Falstaff), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’amore), Alfredo (La Traviata), the title role in Faust, Rodolfo (La Bohème), Nadir (Les pêcheurs de perles), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), Mylio (Roi d’Ys), Elvino (La Sonnambula) and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor). He has appeared on stages across America as well as at the Berlin Staatsoper, the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Hamburg Staatsoper, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, the Paris Opera (Fenton, Tamino, Nemorino, Tom Rakewell, Vincent in Mireille, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Alfredo), London’s Royal Opera House, Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, and La Monnaie in Brussels. In 2010, he performed the title role in the world premiere production of Daniel Catán’s opera Il Postino in Los Angeles, alongside Plácido Domingo. He made debut appearances at the Salzburg Festival in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, the Aix Festival in La Traviata, the Chicago Opera in Die Zauberflöte, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in Les Pêcheurs de perles, the Verbier Festival in La Damnation de Faust, and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in La Traviata. He has also performed the roles of Des Grieux (Manon) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Lensky (Eugene Onegin) at the Vienna Staatsoper, Don José (Carmen) at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, Jason (Médée) at the Berlin Staatsoper, Faust (Mefistofele) and Hoffmann at the Baden-Baden Festival and the title role of Roberto Devereux and Admète (Alceste) at the Bayerische Staatsoper. In addition, he sang the title role in Faust at the Zurich Opera, the Teatro Regio in Turin and the Baden-Baden Festival and he appeared in La Damnation de Faust at the Berlin Staatsoper. His other roles include Tamino and Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) at the Metropolitan Opera, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) at London’s Royal Opera House, Don José at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Ruggero (La Rondine) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) at the Salzburg Festival. During the 2019-2020 season, he made his role debut as Carlo in I Masnadieri and sang the title role in Don Carlo at the Bayerische Staatsoper.