Charles Castronovo was born in New York and made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in Pagliacci singing the role of Beppe for the opening performance of the 1999-2000 season. 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) 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), London’s Royal Opera House, Genova’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 interpreted the roles of Des Grieux (Manon) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Lensky (Eugene Onegin) at the Vienna Staatsoper, and Don José (Carmen) at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper. He sang the title role in Faust at the Zurich Opera, the Teatro Regio in Turin and at the Baden-Baden Festival, La Damnation de Faust and Medea (Giasone) at the Berlin Staatsoper, Faust in Mefistofele and Hoffmann at the Baden-Baden Festival, the title role in Roberto Devereux at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Tamino and Romeo (Romeo and Juliet) at the Metropolitan Opera, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) at London’s Royal Opera House, and Don José at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.
Alfredo Germont at London’s Royal Opera House and in Los Angeles, Ruggero (La Rondine) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Admète (Alceste) and the title role in Roberto Devereux at the Bayerische Staatsoper.