Arturo López Castillo / Bio / English
He studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música with Rosa Rodríguez, particularly with Alfredo Domínguez and in Barcelona, Spain, with Enrique Ricci. In the concert repertory he has sung lieder and chamber music, oratorios, cantatas and masses such as "The Messiah" by Haendel, "Die Schöpfung" by Haydn, Mozart's "Requiem" and also Fauré's, as well as some cantatas by Bach such as "Ich habe Genug", among others. He has premiered two song cycles by Tijuana composer Enrique González- Medina, plus some oratorios and operas.
After his debut in 1991 as Don Bartolo in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" by Rossini under the baton of Mario Rodríguez Taboada and the staging of Juan Ibáñez, he has performed with the Compañía Nacional de Ópera of Bellas Artes in more than 35 different roles in operas such as “Wozzeck”, “L'Italiana in Argel”, “Tata Vasco”, “Tosca”, “La bohème”, “Manon Lescaut”, “La vida breve” and “La mulata de Córdoba”, among others.
Within his most succesful roles we can find Leporello in “Don Giovanni”, Don Bartolo in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” and “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Rossini and Mozart, respectively, “Don Pasquale”, Colline from “La bohème”, Uberto in “La Serva Padrona”, Polifemo in “Acis and Galatea” and Dulcamara from “L'Elísir d'Amore”, that he has performed in several productions in theaters in Mexico, Honduras and the Philipines, he also sang in Puerto Rico the Peruvian ópera “La púrpura de la rosa” by Torrejón and Velasco.
In 2007 he stands out in the Compañía Nacional de Ópera and the Compañía Nacional de Danza in “Les Noces” by Igor Stravinsky and “TheTriumph of Aphrodite" by Carl Orff, repeating this last piece in 2008. That same year he sang the Sacristán of “Tosca” and the Major in “Jenůfa” by Janáček in the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Later on he performed the role of Polifemo in the opera "Acis and Galatea" by Haendel in San Luis Potosí and its revival in the Teatro de las Artes. During 2009 he sang the Count of Ceprano in “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi and the roles of the Polish priest, the Waiter in Venice, the Boatman and the Sailor in the Mexican premiere of the opera "Death in Venice" by Benjamin Britten with the Compañía Nacional de Ópera of Bellas Artes. In 2010 he was the Señor del Paso in the premiere of the Mexican opera “Únicamente la verdad” by Gabriela Ortiz. Recently he sang the Grand Inquisitor in “La mulata de Córdoba” and Uncle Salvador in “La vida breve” in the opening of the 2011 season in the Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes.
He has sung with conductors such as Enrique Patrón de Rueda, Eduardo Diazmuñoz, Sergio Cárdenas, Guido Maria Guida, Alfredo Silipigni, Marco Armiliato, Kamal Khan, Enrique Ricci, Benjamín Juárez Echenique, Johannes Bruno Ulrich, Carlos García, Luís Luna, José Luis Castillo, Sylvain Gasançon, Sergei Tararin, Christopher Franklin, José Areán, Alfredo Ibarra and Ramón Tebar, among others and with very important musical groups like the Orquesta del Teatro de Bellas Artes, Filarmónica de Chihuahua, Filarmónica de Querétaro, Filarmónica de Jalisco, Filarmónica de Sonora, Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato, Sinfónica de Oaxaca, Sinfónica de Yucatán, Sinfónica Nacional, Sinfónica de Puebla, Sinfónica de Manila, Philipines; Orquesta de Cámara del Nuevo Mundo, Orquesta de Cámara de San Luis Potosí, Orquesta de Cámara de Michoacán, Camerata Juvenil de Michoacán and chamber opera groups such as the Cuarteto de Cuerdas Carlos Chávez, the Conjunto de Cámara de la Ciudad de México and the Orquesta Stravaganza.
In 1999 he founded Ópera Brevis A.C. to be able to produce and perform chamber operas, having important presence in festivals and several theaters around the Mexican Republic performing in several seasons in the Teatro Helénico with two productions: “La Serva Padrona” by Pergolesi and “La Cambiale di Matrimonio” by Rossini, standing out in 2006 the performance of the opera "Il maestro di Capella" by Domenico Cimarosa with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in the Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes.
In 2004 he recorded Fauré's “Requiem” conducted by Philippe Tolón.