Since his 2004 Metropolitan Opera debut as ‘Mime’ in Das Rheingold conducted by James Levine, David Cangelosi has returned to the Met in Magic Flute, Andrea Chenier, Il tabarro, The Tales of Hoffmann, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Le Nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, and Tosca. He rejoins the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2021/2022 to sing the role of Monostatos in their Holiday Presentation of The Magic Flute.  The pandemic shortened season of 2020/2021 would have found Cangelosi making his role debut as 'Loge' in Das Rheingold at the famed Teatro Colón in Bueno Aires. He reprised his signature role of ‘Mime’ for San Francisco Opera’s Ring cycle in 2017-2018, Washington National Opera in 2015-2016, and completed a performance/recording project of that work with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden (New York Philharmonic) in January 2018. Recent and upcoming engagements include a first ever presentation of 'Siegfried' Act 1 in Juneau, Alaska (May 2022); 2021 Concert Series performances in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, and Montgomery, Alabama; a return to Carnegie Hall (March 2019) for the U.S. Premiere of Bohuslav Martinu’s Juliette with the American Symphony Orchestra, and his role debut as the Blind Judge in Das Wunder der Heliane with the Bard Music Festival (Summerscape 2019); Das Rheingold with Opéra de Montréal (2019); Tosca with Washington National Opera (2019); Le Nozze di Figaro (2020) and Tosca (2021), both with Dallas Opera.

Additional recent performances include Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland, Vienna, and Luxembourg; Das Rheingold with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood; Madama Butterfly and Moby Dick with Dallas Opera; Boris Godunov with the Anchorage Symphony; 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; the Four Servants (Hoffmann) with Santa Fe Opera; and his role debut of the Witch in Hansel und Gretel.  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 2014-2015 performances included the Saito-Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan and Salome with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

A twenty-three year veteran of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Mr. Cangelosi made his debut in Salome in 1996. Engagements with the home company have included his signature role of Mime (Siegfried 2004) (Ring Cycle 2005), Madame Butterfly, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Zauberflöte, Carmen (Dancairo), Turandot, and Boris Godunov. Mr. Cangelosi continued this close association with roles that include Dr. Caius (Falstaff), Guillot (Manon), Goro (Madame Butterfly), Beppe (Il Pagliacci), Little Bat (Susannah), Tobias (Sweeney Todd), and Guillot (Manon). Most recent productions with LOC include Die Meistersinger, Madame Butterfly, and Tosca.

Cangelosi also made his debut at the Spoleto Festival (U.S.A.) singing the roles of the Noctambulist/Pape des Fous in Louise, and performed as a featured soloist for their Intermezzi Soloist Series. Recital/Concert performances include multiple recital appearances in Birmingham Alabama, The Montgomery Symphony, Vann Vocal Institute Celebrity Recital Series, Davis Concert Hall (UAF) with Opera Fairbanks, and the PACC Concert series in Boston. Other notable performances include Pang with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Santa Fe Opera, Valzacchi with the San Francisco Opera, Dr. Caius with Los Angeles Opera, and Monostatos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl) and Santa Fe Opera.

Career Highlights

  • U.S. Premiere: Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane, Bard Music Festival 2019
  • U.S. Premiere: Martinu’s Juliette/Key to Dreams, Carnegie Hall 2019
  • Cunning Little Vixen, Musikverein, Vienna 2018
  • Siegfried, C.D. release, Jaap van Zweden/Hong Kong Phil 2018
  • Siegfried, Jaap van Zweden/Hong Kong Phil 2017
  • Das Rheingold, C.D. release Jaap van Zweden/Hong Kong Phil 2016
  • Das Rheingold, Jaap van Zweden/Hong Kong Phil 2015
  • Il Pagliacci (Beppe) with Placido Domingo and the Washington Opera (telecast on the PBS “Live from Kennedy Center” series)
  • Carnegie Hall debut with the Cleveland Orchestra as Torquemada in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole (under the baton of Pierre Boulez)
  • Monostatos and Basilio with the Paris Opera (Bastille/Garnier)
  • Pedrillo with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.

Representative Roles

  • Mime (Siegfried)
  • Mime (Das Rheingold)
  • Loge (Das Rheingold)
  • Witch (Hansel und Gretel)
  • Goro (Madame Butterfly)
  • Spoletta (Tosca)
  • Monostatos (Magic Flute)
  • Basilio (Marriage of Figaro)
  • Pang (Turandot)
  • Bob Boles (Peter Grimes)
  • Shuisky (Boris Godunov)
  • Dancairo (Carmen)
  • Remendado (Carmen)
  • Dr. Caius (Falstaff)
  • Bardolpho (Falstaff)
  • Flask (Moby Dick)
  • Guillot (Manon)
  • Triquet (Eugene Onegin)
  • Beppe (Pagliacci)
  • Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier)
  • First Jew (Salome)
  • Spalanzani (Tales of Hoffmann)
  • Frantz/Cochenille/Andres/Pitichinacchio (Tales of Hoffmann)
  • Auctioneer (Rakes Progress)
  • Herod (Salome)
  • Magician (The Consul)
  • Reverend Horace Adams (Peter Grimes)
  • Incredibile (Andrea Chenier)
  • Nick (La Fanciulla del West)
  • Prunier (La Rondine)


  • The 2019 completion of Der Ring des Nibelungen with Naxos
  • The Sword Forging Scene from Siegfried with Placido Domingo for the CD “Domingo/Scenes from the Ring” with EMI Classics
  • Tosca with EMI Classics
  • The Consul with Newport Classics
  • 2000 Feature Film project of Tosca
  • Screen debut at the 2001 Venice Film Festival.

Vocal Institute

Mr. Cangelosi serves as Distinguished Artist in Residence at Huntingdon College and is the Artistic/Program Director of the Vann Vocal Institute, both in Montgomery, Alabama. He actively travels the country as a recitalist, symphonic guest-artist, competition adjudicator, and Master Class instructor for aspiring vocalists.

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