Reviews

David Cangelosi portrays, in the role of Spoletta…the almost non-human species one becomes when one does not stand up to power. Cangelosi insinuates like a snake and cowers behind Scarpia’s desk like a cur. He is that true dual threat in opera of singer and consummate physical performer.

DC Theatre Scene
‘Tosca’, Washington National Opera (May 2019)
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The company offered some luxury casting, including David Cangelosi as Scarpia’s henchman Spoletta.

Washington Post
‘Tosca’, Washington National Opera (May 11, 2019)
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The henchman (Spoletta)…well sung by David Cangelosi (a splendid character actor).

Washington Classical Review
‘Tosca’, Washington National Opera (May 11, 2019)
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“Mime…brilliantly sung and acted by David Cangelosi, possibly the greatest Mime ever.”

Opera West
Opera Review: as Mime
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“As Mime, tenor David Cangelosi dominated the first act of ‘Siegfried’.”

Washington Post
Opera Review: as Mime
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“Nobody has ever been more effective or as amusing than David Cangelosi as Mime; he made every minute of this role a total pleasure.”

Opera West
Opera Review: as Mime
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“The remarkable David Cangelosi dominates the show to such an extent that the opera should be renamed ‘Mime’.”

The Classical Review
Opera Review: as Mime
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“American tenor David Cangelosi…succeeded in making the first two acts of Siegfried high points of the entire Ring cycle.”

Opera Today
Opera Review: as Mime
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“The strongest male singer over the weekend was David Cangelosi, an athletic and funny Mime.”

Los Angeles Times
Opera Review: as Mime
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“David Cangelosi wonderfully oily and athletic as the conniving dwarf Mime.”

Chicago Tribune
Opera Review: as Mime
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“David Cangelosi is simply the best Mime I have ever seen or heard, his approach refreshingly three-dimensional and varied.”

ihearvoices.com
Opera Review: as Mime
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“Tenor David Cangelosi…sings the rôle more comfortably than many Mimes heard in recent years. Cangelosi’s Mime is like a live wire, showering every scene in which he appears with dramatic sparks… his use of text throughout the performance is masterly…his vocalism is gratifyingly fluent.”

Seen and Heard International
Opera Review: as Mime
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“The role of Mime is unquestionably David Cangelosi’s signature role.”

Opera Warhorses
Opera Review: as Mime
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“David Cangelosi…marvellous…as Mime.”

Financial Times
Opera Review: as Mime
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“Vocally, David Cangelosi delivers just about everything you could want in Mime. His full clear tenor easily sails over the roiling orchestra and never grows tiresome to listen to.”

Parterre
Opera Review: as Mime
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“Mime – David Cangelosi – was superb, a character singer-actor… dancing, high fives and all.”

Bachtrack
Opera Review: as Mime
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“Throughout the Ring David Cangelosi’s Mime was particularly creepy and unctuous, but in Siegfried, he almost managed to make Mime convincingly pathetic. He has a great character tenor sound and acts well.”

Das Opernglas
Opera Review: as Mime
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“David Cangelosi’s lustrous Tenor tones were conveyed with complete control as the character Mime… he obviously relished the potential of this multi-layered role…a ‘tour-de–force’ performance.”

DC Metro Theater Arts
Opera Review: as Mime
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“In the wrong hands, Act 1 of Siegfried can be a chore…But that’s not the case here. David Cangelosi provides a gorgeously sung Mime, never resorting to snarling or blustering. He manages to provide many fine character touches by darkening and lightening the tone.”

Opera News
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“Cangelosi’s practiced Mime was a full theatrical creation.”

Opera News
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“The cast is very fine. David Cangelosi is an articulate Mime, mildly sinister and certainly not caricatured.”

Classical CD Review
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“David Cangelosi and Werner Van Mechelen field characterful portrayals as Mime and Alberich.”

Financial Times, London
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“Returning as Mime, David Cangelosi almost stole the show with his tremendously characterful and generously-voiced performance, which won a huge ovation during curtain calls. Indeed, his Mime was the most all-rounded portrayal in the midst of this estimable cast.”

Classical.Net
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“And Cangelosi is a special Mime, (in the Graham Clark class) for characterization and word-attention without the mannerisms of older interpreters.”

Grammophone U.K.
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“David Cangelosi’s forceful Mime…sings rather than barks.”

BBC
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“In Act 1 (Siegfried) occasionally sounds a bit like the Mime of David Cangelosi–a compliment to the latter rather than a critique of the former–Cangelosi sings, rather than mugs, the role of Mime.”

Classics Today
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“David Cangelosi became the audience favorite with his characterful, incisive singing as Mime, the evil dwarf.”

The Whole Note
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“David Cangelosi returned as Mime, the calculating and villainous Nibelung dwarf, who brings up the young hero with the intention of using him to steal back the all-powerful Ring. With the best diction of the cast and the only performer credibly acting out what he was singing, he quickly stole the local audience’s heart.”

The Interlude
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“Surprisingly, it was Cangelosi’s Mime who nearly stole the show for being so brilliantly sung with vivid characterization. He had the right timbre for the role, clear diction and effective phrasing of the music and the text. His bright tone and more projected voice gave more colors and dramatic contrast to the lengthy dialogues. A poignant impression when Mime recalled the past, accused Siegfried being ungrateful of his care and vowed for revenge. Mime was also felt to cunning, intelligent and more greedy than Alberich in these performances. Their fierce argument over the sharing of treasures was dramatically intense… Mime was no longer a minor role and held the fate of events that triggered the course of actions.”

Opéra Fantastique
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“Notable vocal contributions included David Cangelosi’s emotionally charged characterization of the manipulative Mime. Cangelosi was suitably cunning in his delivery, carefully oscillating between espousing Mime’s inner thoughts and delivering dialogue with effortless simplicity.”

South China Morning News
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“David Cangelosi, returning to the role of Mime, carried the day. Dramatic and compulsive, he either deflected or returned Siegfried’s volleys of insults and derision and even gave the overbearing Wotan, now disguised as the Wanderer, the occasional run for his money. His single-minded focus on recovering the ring seemed a source of persistent inner strength.”

Bachtrack, Paris
Opera Review: Siegfried
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“David Cangelosi – recently a star-turn on the Naxos Hong Kong Ring – creates a nicely fleshed-out character as Mime, singing with power and a more attractive tone than many in this role. His return in Siegfried will be keenly anticipated.”

Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Ring Cycle
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