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Charles Castronovo

Tenor

Biography

Charles Castronovo in action.
Charles Castronovo in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

American tenor Charles Castronovo made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and has since sung Alfredo Germont (La traviata), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ruggero Lastouc (La rondine) and Rodolfo (La bohème) for The Royal Opera.

Castronovo was born in New York to Sicilian and Ecuadorian parents and grew up in Southern California. At school he played in rock bands and sang in musicals. He studied at California State University, Fullerton, and began his career in the chorus of Los Angeles Opera. In 1988 he became a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and later joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He now sings regularly for major opera houses around the world, including Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra, La Monnaie, Brussels, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. His repertory includes Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia), the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de perles), Chevalier des Grieux (Manon), Vincent (Mireille), Gounod’s Faust, Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Rodolfo and Mario Ruoppolo (Catán’s Il postino).

Castronovo’s recordings include a DVD of Il postino and a CD of Neapolitan songs.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: La bohème 2014

Your Reaction: La bohème 2014

10 July 2014

What did you think of John Copley's much-loved production of Puccini's great romance?

La rondine to be relayed LIVE to BP Big Screens on Thursday 11 July

La rondine to be relayed LIVE to BP Big Screens on Thursday 11 July

10 July 2013

Angela Gheorghiu and Charles Castronovo star in Puccini's tender opera.

Your reaction: La rondine

Your reaction: La rondine

6 July 2013

A selection of audience tweets from the first night of Nicolas Joël’s production of Puccini's tender opera.

Cast change: Charles Castronovo to replace Vittorio Grigolo in La rondine

Cast change: Charles Castronovo to replace Vittorio Grigolo in La rondine

21 September 2012

American tenor to sing role of Ruggero Lastouc.

Photos

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème © ROH / Catherine

Simona Mihai as Musetta, Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Ermonela Jaho as Mimì and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Daniel Grice as Schaunard, Jongmin Park as Colline, Markus Werba as Marcello and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Ermonela Jaho as Mimì and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Markus Werba as Marcello in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Donald Maxwell as Alcindoro, Simona Mihai as Musetta, Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo, Markus Werba as Marcello, Ermonela Jaho as Mimì, Daniel Grice as Schaunard, and Jongmin Park as Colline in La bohème © ROH / Catherine Ashmore

Ermonela Jaho as Mimì and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème © ROH / Catherine

Ermonela Jaho as Mimì and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème © ROH / Catherine

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème © ROH / Catherine

Charles Castronovo in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Charles Castronovo in La rondine, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2013

Ekaterina Siurina as Pamina and Charles Castronovo as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte © ROH / Mike Hoban 2013

Ekaterina Siurina as Pamina and Charles Castronovo as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte © ROH / Mike Hoban 2013

Ekaterina Siurina and Charles Castronovo in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera © ROH/Mike Hoban, 2013

Albina Shagimuratova and Charles Castronovo in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera © ROH/Mike Hoban, 2013

Charles Castronovo as Tamino, Gaynor Keeble as Third Lady, Anita Watson as First Lady and Hanna Hipp as Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte

Charles Castronovo as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte © ROH / Mike Hoban 2013

Edgaras Montvidas as Prunier, Charles Castronovo as Ruggero Lastouc and Angela Gheorghiu as Magda de Civry in La rondine © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Charles Castronovo as Ruggero Lastouc and Angela Gheorghiu as Magda de Civry in La rondine © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Charles Castronovo as Ruggero Lastouc and Angela Gheorghiu as Magda de Civry in La rondine © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Charles Castronovo as Ruggero Lastouc and Angela Gheorghiu as Magda de Civry in La rondine © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Charles Castronovo as Ruggero Lastouc in La rondine © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Charles Castronovo as Ruggero Lastouc and Angela Gheorghiu as Magda de Civry in La rondine © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Malin Byström as Fiordiligi and Charles Castronovo as Ferrando © Johan Persson / ROH 2012

Malin Byström as Fiordiligi and Charles Castronovo as Ferrando in Così fan tutte © Johan Persson / ROH 2012

Nikolay Borchev as Guglielmo and Charles Castronovo as Ferrando in Così fan tutte © Johan Persson / ROH 2012

Charles Castronovo as Ferrando and Michèle Losier as Dorabella in Così fan tutte © Johan Persson / ROH 2012

Charles Castronovo in La traviata © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo in La traviata. © Catherine Ashmore

Nikolay Borchev and Charles Castronovo in Così fan tutte © ROH/Johan Persson

William Shimell as Don Alfonso, Sally Matthews as Fiordiligi, Charles Castronovo as Ferrando, Troy Cook as Guglielmo, Nino Surguladze as Dorabella and Helene Schneiderman as Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte © Richard Hubert Smith / ROH 2010