Opera, Drama and the Character Tenor: An Interview with David Cangelosi

Interview with William H. Burnett: OPERAWARHORSES.COM

January 4th, 2009

As a reviewer of substantial numbers of operatic performances, one comes to appreciate that a truly successful performance requires much more than good singing by the singers in the lead roles. Often, a good performance becomes a great one when the opera’s storyline is enhanced by the strong dramatic presence of singing actors in “supporting” roles.

One such singing actor is David Cangelosi, whose appearances as the scheming Valzacchi in Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” (2006) and the treacherous Mime in Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” (2008) at San Francisco Opera and the dangerous Guillot in Massenet’s “Manon” (2008) at Lyric Opera of Chicago greatly impressed me.

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