David Toro - Stage Directing at Opera Festivals

30% ($1,118)
July 20th, 2014
Raised $1,118 of $3,645

About The Artist

David Radames Toro

David Radamés Toro continues his studies in opera directing, combining his experiences as a pedagogue, singer and physical/movement actor. After completing a degree in voice performance from The University of Colorado, Mr. Toro attended the Ohio State University, where he completed studies in Vocal Pedagogy, Voice Performance and stage movement. He worked as an assistant director and guest stage director for The Ohio State University as well as a guest director for Evolution Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. His past Columbus credits also include work as guest resident music director with Worthington Community Theatre and guest music director for The Ohio State University's Department of Theatre. Mr. Toro has had the privilege to teach stage movement and physical theatre with Druid City Opera...

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I have been presented with the opportunity to direct and assistant direct in a number of Young Artist Programs across the country this summer. Starting at the end of May, I will spend two weeks with New Fangled Opera, a New Orleans based company who specializes in one acts and new opera. New Fangled opera has invited me to direct a new setting of Mozart’s The Impresario and a fantastic new work by David Wolfson called Rapture.

Shortly after returning from New Orleans, I am off to Pittsburgh to participate in Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh’s Young Artist Program, where I will assistant direct their production of The Fantasticks and direct scenes for their guerilla style opera Cocktail Hour. This production of The Fantasticks is being set with a heavy movement focus, giving me the opportunity to work with a Director/Choreographer.

My summer rounds off with a three week experience in Steamboat Springs, Colorado as a Young Artist director for Emerald City Opera’s production of Dido and Aeneas. This will be my second summer with Emerald City Opera, which has in the past given me the opportunity to direct opera scenes, shadow and interact professional opera directors, and attend master classes by accomplished opera singers and coaches.

This summer of travel and directing is an opportunity for more exposure to other directors’ styles, as well as further my exploration of movement and physical theatres’ applications to opera—the focus of my dissertation for the upcoming year.

Your generous tax deductible donations will help me fund and supplement expenses associated with airfare, food, and transportation. 

Below are some examples of scenes I have directed:



New Fangled Opera: $623

  • Roundtrip airfare to New Orleans: $298
  • Bus passes for 2 weeks: $45
  • Food per diem: $20 x 14 days: $280

Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh: $1199.50

  • One way airfare to Pittsburgh: $212
  • Bus Passes for June 15th – July 28th: $147.50
    • 2 one week passes for the month of June: $50
    • 1 month pass for the Month of July : $97.50
  • Food Per diem: $20 x 42: $840

Emerald City Opera: $1324.88

  • One way airfare from Pittsburgh to Denver: $184
  • Mileage from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs: 232 miles x $.056/mile : $129.92
  • Mileage from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs: 232 miles x $0.56/mile: $129.92
  • Mileage from Colorado Springs to Austin: 859 miles x $0.56/mile: $481.04
  • Food Per diem: $20 x 20: $400


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