Ian Matthew Castro
Puerto Rican-American tenor, Ian Castro, earned his Master of Music from The Juilliard School in 2021, under the guidance of Edith Wiens. During his studies at Juilliard, he appeared as Nermorino in Donizetti’s L’elsiir d’amore and John Adams in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic and MetLiveArts.
Building his performance skills in the New York area, he starred in Light Opera of New Jersey’s production of Cosí fan Tutte as Ferrando as well as Montclair State University’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia as the Male Chorus. He has also had the opportunity to hone his skills with Mise-en-Scène Studio’s concert series with select scenes from Verdi’s Rigoletto, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Massenet’s Werther.
Currently, Ian is making extraordinary strides in the European music scene. He is continuing his training at the Dutch National Opera Studio where is has had the opportunity to appear in many of their productions including Verdi’s La Traviata as Gastone and Donizetti’s Anna Bolena as Signor Hervey. Ian has also had many opportunities to build his stage experience with consistent concert work, including DNO’s 2021 Opera Gala.
He is also building upon his concert repertoire, having the opportunity to perform Mendelssohn’s Elias at Fest Aix-en-Provence’s Vocal Academy and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam.
Ian has been awarded the New York Opera foundation’s 2021 Kinesis Scholarship to continue his training at the Dutch National Opera.
Photography by Tom Schopper Photography