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, Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Saratoga, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and Opera Neo.
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. The San Diego Union Tribune described his 2019 production of Cavalli’s La Calisto “well sung and cleverly staged.” 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 directing 21st century works such as Glory Denied (Opera Fayetteville, 2020) and Flight (Minnesota Opera, 2020), as well as, 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.