Acclaimed internationally as one of the finest lyric tenors of his generation, Charles Castronovo has sung at most of the world’s leading opera houses.
In addition to numerous performances at LA Opera, he has appeared with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Berlin State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, San Francisco Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera.
His repertoire spans from the great Mozart tenor roles in Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte and The Magic Flute, to Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore and Alfredo in La Traviata. In recent seasons Castronovo has also won wide acclaim for his performances as the title role in Faust, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, the Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress. He starred in the title role of Daniel Catan’s Il Postino opposite Placido Domingo in the work’s world premiere in Los Angeles, as well as Paris and Santiago.
Born in New York and raised in California, he began his career as a resident artist at LA Opera. He was invited to join the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Development Program and in the autumn of 1999 made his debut at the Metropolitan as Beppe in the opening night performance of Pagliacci.
Recent appearances include his return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for his debut as Don José in Carmen, which he subsequently performed at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. He performed Alfredo in La Traviata at the Paris Opera and Bavarian State Opera, Tamino in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Rodolfo in La Boheme with the Singapore Symphony.
Other roles in Castronovo’s developing repertoire include Massenet’s Werther, Offenbach’s Hoffmann, the title role in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and Oronte in Verdi’s I Lombardi.