David Radamés Toro
Formally trained as an opera singer, David transitioned to directing while at The Ohio State University where he studied movement with Jeanine Thompson and directing with Maureen Ryan and Peter Kozma. Since then he has worked at companies including Minnesota Opera, the Wexford Opera Festival, Central City Opera, Opera Saratoga, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and OperaNEO.
As a director, David Radamés Toro integrates his background in physical theatre into directing a wide variety of standard and non-traditional repertoire with a special penchant for Baroque and 20th/21st century works. His production of Cavalli’s Il Giasone was described as “skillfully directed” and “well paced.” In 2013, his production of Philip Glass’s Les enfants terribles was nominated for best opera by the Austin Critics Table.
An admirer of modern era opera, David has had the privilege of assisting on world premieres such as Today It Rains (Opera Parallèle, 2019), Dinner at Eight (Minnesota Opera, 2017), The Shining (Minnesota Opera, 2016), and A New Kind of Fallout (Opera Theatre Pittsburgh, 2015). Additionally, He directed the premiere of Rose Made Man: An Inside Out Opera for the Cohen New Works Festival in 2015.
In addition to directing and assistant directing, David Radamés Toro coaches singers in acting and audition prep, as well as offers classes and workshops in physical theatre. His workshops in Gestural Mechanics 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. He has taught movement and acting to singers are Minnesota Opera, OperaNEO, The University of Texas – Austin, and Druid City Opera.
David Radamés Toro holds degrees from The University of Texas (DMA), The Ohio State University (MM/MA), and The University of Colorado at Boulder (BM).
The Irish Times Theatre Awards: Best Opera Production: Nomination – Dinner at Eight (Associate Director) 2018
Austin Critic’s Table: Best Opera: Nomination – Les enfants terribles (Director) 2013
Columbus Theatre Roundtable Awards: Winner – Best Musical – Trojan Woman 2.0 (Music Director) 2007
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