Since his 2004 Metropolitan Opera debut as ‘Mime’ in Das Rheingold conducted by legendary conductor 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, Tosca, and other 'Ring' related assignments. He rejoined the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2021/2022 to sing the role of Monostatos in their Holiday Presentation of The Magic Flute and returned to the MET roster in 2023.

He has performed his signature role of Mime with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Opéra de Montreal, Boston Wagner Society, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Additionally, he performed Mime in Das Rheingold and Siegfried with the Hong Kong Phil, both of which were recorded on Naxos and conducted by Jaap van Zweden (New York Philharmonic). Other notable ‘Ring’ highlights include a recording of the ‘Forging Scene’ (Siegfried) with Placido Domingo for EMI Classics’ Scenes from the Ring, and a special presentation of Siegfried with Juneau Lyric Opera.

Recent and upcoming engagements include The Nose (2023) with Chicago Opera Theater, a role debut of Eisenstein in a new production of Die Fledermaus for Western Plains Opera, a role debut of Edrisi for Chicago Opera Theater’s production of King Roger. He performed the roles of Mosquito/Schoolmaster in the original multi-media production of Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland and toured Vienna and Luxembourg with the same. Mr. Cangelosi will be delighted to make his debut with Detroit Opera in this highly acclaimed Yuval Sharon production in May 2024. Concert Series performances in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Juneau AK, and Montgomery, Alabama round out 2024.

Recent notable highlights marked a return to Carnegie Hall 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); his Houston Grand Opera debut singing Spoletta (Tosca) and Triquet (Eugene Onegin) and Tosca and Magic Flute both with Washington National Opera (2019);

Additional recent performances include Shuisky in Boris Godunov with the Dallas Opera and he has returned to the company for Moby DickMadame Butterfly, Tosca, and Magic Flute along with a concert version of Boris Godunov with the Anchorage Symphony and Der Rosenkavalier with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Other career highlights include televised performances of Paglicacci in the legendary Franco Zeffirelli production starring Placido Domingo; the Saito-Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan; Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, along with Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte with Paris Opera (Bastille/Garnier); performances as the Witch (Hansel & Gretel) with Opera Fairbanks and Western Plains Opera, new productions of Die Fledermaus and Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company (COC, Toronto); Magic Flute, Turandot, Salome and Tales of Hoffmann with Santa Fe Opera.

Cangelosi made his cinematic debut at the Venice Film Festival in the feature film Tosca starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna along with his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in a concert version of The Magic Flute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Cangelosi 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 Recital Series.

**A decades-long 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.

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, concert tours of Alaska, and the PACC Concert series in Boston.

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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