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Oscar Castellino is an international operatic baritone who initially worked as a software engineer in Mumbai. He has also composed the anthem for planet Mars, selected by the International Mars Society, featured on the BBC, Associated Press and Space.com among others. He is now developing music for the operatic style in Indian languages. An alumnus of the Royal College of Music, he has performed with Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.
My hope is to bring the world together through Mars.
I made my international Opera debut as George Benton in the opera Dead Man Walking with Welsh National Opera.
Review of my recent debut with Welsh National Opera on OperaWire: ‘The Warden was played by the baritone, Oscar Castellino, who gave a strong portrayal as a bit of a hard ass. His had a limited degree of sympathy for Sister Helen, but had been too long in the job. He had seen it all before. His voice has a warm and pleasing timbre, which he used intelligently and brought depth to the part.’
More about me:
I was born in a car on a busy street in Bombay. Years later in 2011, when I was working as a software engineer, soprano Patricia Rozario OBE ‘discovered’ my potential to sing and I moved to England to train under her at the Royal College of Music. I later trained with Donald Maxwell and Adrian Thompson at the David Seligman Opera School. I have since sung with Scottish Opera and will soon be singing a role at Welsh National Opera.
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“Oscar Castellino’s fervent James Meredith … was a highlight” – The Times UK
UK-based, Indian Baritone Oscar Castellino was one of the singers at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the river Thames in 2012. He composed the planet Mars anthem “Rise to Mars” that has been adopted by the International Mars Society as they push for the human exploration of Mars. He completed a first class Bachelors in Music at the Royal College of Music studying with Patricia Rozario and a first class Physics degree in Mumbai. He is supported by the Clive and Sylvia Richards Scholarship, the Welsh National Opera Christopher Ball Award and the Rajeshwari Scholarship at the Royal Welsh College’s Opera Course. He has featured in two Masterclasses at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Future engagements include singing with Scottish Opera on their Pop-Up Opera Roadshow from May to August.