As a trained vocalist and physical theatre actor, David Radamés Toro applies his skills in music and stage movement to produce creative and meaningful opera.
Most recently Mr. Toro had the privilege to direct Francesco Cavalli’s Il Giasone for Opera Neo’s summer opera festival. Beforehand, he spent his second summer with Opera Saratoga where he assistant directed both The Cradle Will Rock, directed by Lawrence Edelson, and Falstaff, directed by Chuck Hudson. He started his relationship with Opera Saratoga in the summer of 2016 as assistant director for Le nozze di Figaro and Il Postino. Previously he had the privilege of working under Jonathan Eaton for two summers at Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh.
Past credits include writing and directing USO SHOW: A RAP Cabaret and Misbehavin’ at the Met for Minnesota Opera’s annual Resident Artist Cabaret; directing the world premiere of Rose Made Man by Franklin Piland and Tegan McLeod (Cohen New Works Festival); and directing Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (Butler Opera Center). A lover of new works, he has been honored to assistant direct world premieres such as William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s Dinner at Eight (Minnesota Opera), Paul Moravek and Mark Campbell’s The Shining (Minnesota Opera), and Gilda Lyons and Tammy Ryan’s A New Kind of Fallout (with Opera Theatre Pittsburgh). Other modern era productions include directing David Wolfson’s The Rapture (New Fangled Opera); the Austin Critic’s table nominated production of Phillip Glass’s Les enfants terribles (Butler Opera Center); and music direction for Ohio State University’s award winning production Trojan Women 2.0.
In addition to directing and assistant directing, David Toro teaches provides dramatic coaching for singers and offers workshops in physical theatre. His workshops draw from the techniques of Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki, Ettiene Decroux, and Marcel Marceau with the goal of empowering singers to effectively combine musical expression and movement.
After earning a degree in voice performance from the University of Colorado, Mr. Toro attended Ohio State University, where he supplemented his musical studies with instruction in stage movement and directing under Jeanine Thompson and Maureen Ryan. Mr. Toro completed his graduate studies at the University of Texas, where he studied Opera Direction under Dr. Robert DeSimone and Kelly Kuo.