As many of you know, my life in the performing arts, before settling into the operatic repertoire, was spent in the night club business: The Catskills, The Poconos, Atlantic City, Miami Beach, and other showrooms up and down the Eastern Seaboard....when such showrooms and night clubs still existed and thrived. …Read More
Cange’s Corner Articles
The Sitzprobe…a lost art form!
Once upon a time, during the 20th century's Golden Age of Singing (roughly the 1950's and 1960's, respectively), The Sitzprobe was a hallowed day on the operatic production schedule. It was a day for the conductor, the singers, the chorus, and especially the orchestra, to all gather in a comfortable…Read More
From the Santa Fe frying pan, into the New York fire!
Seemingly as quickly as it began, the Santa Fe Opera 2010 summer season has ended. On August 28, the final performance of the somewhat controversial Tales of Hoffmann was rendered; an overwhelming standing ovation followed; a very nice end-of-season party was enjoyed by all (courtesy of the management); and the…Read More
Mac Davis…and a magical night at the opera??
Among the many fine memories I have of my late brother (whose personage I rarely mention current day, since his untimely passing was over 30 year ago) was his love for a variety of music. I recall very clearly that Mac Davis was among his favorite singers in the popular/country…Read More
With only two weeks left before we settle the 2010 Santa Fe Opera season, there are still a few surprises for audiences, and we veterans alike, to experience--namely the two Apprentice Scene Programs, the first of which was last night (Sunday, August 15), the next of which will be next…Read More
Mid-Point, Santa Fe 2010 (Life's not worth a damn…)
The first week of August in Santa Fe can be nerve-wracking for some singers. "The reason", you may ask? "The World", would be my answer. The month of August, but this first full week specifically, is the point at which all the opera productions are now on-stage. Rehearsals have ceased,…Read More
Welcome to the NEW David Cangelosi.com!!!!
After numerous requests, and after 10 years of the same boring ol' website; it was time for the technically reserved David Cangelosi to get into the 21st century. I have to admit that the time had most definitely come!! So after meeting with my point person at Sanctuary Media Group…Read More
Albert Herring, Santa Fe Opera Review, July 31 2010
The Santa Fe Opera maintained two traditions that are now synonymous with its 2010 summer season last night: The first was getting an opening night performance (of yet another new production) successfully on stage; the other was doing so amid foul weather. As penetrating threads of lightening splintered the cryptic…Read More
No good deed…..
With the 'sting' of the recent home invasion still smarting and annoying me, one has to believe that at one point things will balance themselves out with the universe....right?? Wrong!!! Please read the text of an email I sent to the head of the housing department here at the Santa…Read More
Das Lied von der Erde, July 25th, Santa Fe
After attending Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's summer season, I felt compelled to write about it...so moving was the entire event. I hesitated momentarily because I felt that perhaps I couldn't be completely objective as I am currently working with Paul…Read More
Life is a Dream, Santa Fe Opera 2010
Opening night of Lewis Spratlan's Pulitzer Prize winning opera, Life is a Dream, was somewhat of a subdued affair. Unseasonably cold and wet weather loomed, as did a sense of trepidation, in my opinion, as to how the opera would be received. In a world where Nobel Prize Awards, Academy…Read More
Hoffmann, Santa Fe Opera….Finally onstage!!
Not really sure what I am seemingly complaining about in the title of this post. We rehearsed Hoffmann at the 'Santa Fe Opera standard' of 3 weeks or so. But it was nothing short of amazing what Christopher Alden has done in that short amount of time for such a…Read More