Faith | Wisdom | Service
January 26, 2018
For immediate release:
International Opera Star David Cangelosi to Perform in Birmingham
Montgomery, Ala.—International opera great David Cangelosi will perform a free public concert Sunday, February 25, 4:00 p.m., at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Cangelosi’s performance is presented as part of a week of traveling and teaching in his role as the Glenn and Betty Seymour Perdue Distinguished Artist in Residence at Huntingdon College. Vestavia Hills UMC, pastored by Dr. Bill Brunson, is located at 2061 Kentucky Avenue in Vestavia Hills.
Cangelosi has served as artistic director, program director, and lead faculty for the Vann Vocal Institute, organized by the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and held at Huntingdon College annually since 2007. Since his 2004 Metropolitan Opera debut as Mime in Das Rheingold conducted by James Levine, he has returned to the Met for Andrea Chenier, Il tabarro, The Tales of Hoffmann, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Le Nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, and Tosca. An operatic tenor, he reprised his signature role of Mime for Washington National Opera’s Ring cycle in 2015-16, and continued a performance/recording project of that work with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in January 2017. Recent and upcoming engagements include Das Rheingold with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, the Ring with San Francisco Opera, Das Rheingold with Opéra de Montréal, Madama Butterfly and Moby Dick with Dallas Opera, Boris Godunov with the Anchorage Symphony, and Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland, Vienna, and Luxembourg. Additional recent performances include his role debut as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, his company debut with Houston Grand Opera (Tosca and Eugene Onegin), Der Rosenkavalier with the Boston Symphony, Shuisky (Boris Godunov) and Monostatos (The Magic Flute) with Dallas Opera; Nick (La fanciulla del West), Spalanzani (The Tales of Hoffmann), and Spoletta with Lyric Opera of Chicago; and the Four Servants (Hoffmann) with Santa Fe Opera. Following his 2012 Canadian Opera Company debut in Tosca, he returned to COC in 2012-13 for Die Fledermaus, which he also reprised in Chicago in 2014. Additional 2014-15 performances included the Saito-Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan; Salome with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and The Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra. Career highlights include singing Beppe in Il pagliacci with Plácido Domingo and Washington Opera for a “Live from the Kennedy Center” telecast; his Carnegie Hall debut with the Cleveland Orchestra as Torquemada in Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole under Pierre Boulez; Monostatos and Basilio with Paris Opera (Bastille/Garnier), and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Cangelosi recorded the sword-forging scene from Siegfried with Plácido Domingo for the EMI Classics CD “Domingo/Scenes from the Ring.” In 2000 he completed the CD/film project of Tosca and made his screen debut at the 2001 Venice Film Festival.
The Vann Vocal Institute, to be held March 8–10 at Huntingdon College, is a program of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra that brings selected student opera and classical singers from high school and college campuses for specialized vocal training and coaching by professional opera stars. The program, now in its eleventh year, was made possible by a bequest from Roy D. Vann and is supported by the NIB Foundation, The Pauls Foundation, and the Wilson family, in addition to Huntingdon College.
Cangelosi and fellow Vann faculty members will present a Gala Celebrity Recital, Thursday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, to kick off VVI 2018. VVI will include two days of master classes for selected Vann Vocal Institute participants, Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10. Master classes taught by Cangelosi are free and open to the public in Huntingdon’s Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. At the conclusion of the master classes, selected VVI participants will perform in a juried Emerging Artists Recital at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10. The Emerging Artists Recital is followed by the awarding of cash prizes.
VVI is part of Huntingdon College’s Community and Cultural Events Series, sponsored by Baptist Health.
Grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, Huntingdon College is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service.
For more information, contact: — Suellen (Su) Ofe Vice President for Marketing and Communications Huntingdon College 1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106 (334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591 www.huntingdon.edu