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Loyola alumnus and award-winning opera singer David Castillo wows at 'Americaĺs Got Talent'

Loyola press release - August 6, 2015

Award-winning opera singer and Loyola University New Orleans music alumnus David Castillo wows at NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” as part of the newly formed vocal quartet VOX, advancing his international exposure.

The group first performed on the show July 9, where they received a standing ovation and walked away with four yes’s from the judges: comedian Howie Mandel, radio host Howard Stern, supermodel Heidi Klum and award-winning singer and former Spice Girl Mel B. Now in its 10th season, "America's Got Talent" is NBC’s top-rated summer series from producer Simon Cowell’s Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America.

On Tuesday, the “Baritone Hunks” wowed Mel B with their performance of “Bring It Home” from Les Misérables.

"For me, your voices when they blend together, they just make me melt," she said.

While Castillo, who graduated from Loyola in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in music, will not appear in the AGT finals at Radio City Music Hall, he has big plans yet.

"All we could say right now is that this is just the beginning for VOX. From all this international exposure, we have received incredible support and inquiries from people around the country and the world,” Castillo said.

In the five years since graduation, Castillo has performed world premieres, West Coast premieres, and leading baritone roles with major companies such as Los Angeles Opera, New Orleans Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Aspen Opera Theatre, Le Salon de Musiques, The Industry, USC Thornton Opera, and other major opera companies and orchestras.

His 2015-16 season consists of a world premiere in The Industry's production of "Hopscotch" and another world premiere of a work by Jeffrey Parola, his European debut performing "Winterreise" with Francois Chouchan at the Mairie du Troisieme Arrondissement in Paris, Anthony Hope in "Sweeney Todd" with Townsend Opera and Fresno Grand Opera, and his return to Le Salon de Musiques at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Castillo has been honored as the 2010 Grand Prize Winner of the Steward Brady Competition, a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist, a 2010 National Finalist in Classical Singer’s University Competition, the 2013 Runner-up and 2012 Encouragement Award Recipient from the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, and a recipient of multiple Opera Buffs, Inc. grants. Castillo is currently based in Los Angeles.

Click here for more information about VOX and the vocal quartet's July performance on America's Got Talent.

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