Reviews

“David Cangelosi, wonderfully oily and athletic as the conniving dwarf Mime.”

Chicago Tribune
Opera Review: Siegfried (Cycle I), San Francisco Opera
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“The role of Mime is the second longest in “Siegfried” and is, indeed, a longer role than several of the most famous lead tenor roles in opera. It is unquestionably David Cangelosi’s signature role (see my interview at Opera, Drama and the Character Tenor: An Interview with David Cangelosi) and he dispatched it vocally with distinction. But it was not just his singing and acting that made his performance so memorable. He also proved to be an astonishing athlete, doing cartwheels and somersaults (including a gymnastic move on top of the trailer).”

Operawarhorses.com
Opera Review: Siegfried (Cycle I), San Francisco Opera
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“Enter Mime, played by David Cangelosi…and until he meets his death in the second act, Cangelosi sings the hell out of the part and gives us a Mime I for one had never thought of before–cunning, interesting, robust, intelligent, even somewhat sympathetic. He owns the stage during the first act in much the same way Arnold Bezuyen’s Loge did during the initial performances of ‘Rheingold’ in Achim Freyer’s LA Ring. In other words, it’s an unexpected focus that actually works, because while traditionally we tend to view Mime as a pawn to the larger story–until he’s knocked off two hours later–he’s actually the prime mover of the story and Zambello’s production brings that to the fore.”

Operablogspot.com
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“David Cangelosi’s energetic Mime – complete with cartwheels – captured the character’s vices, and in vocal terms even rivaled Morris’s Siegfried in power.”

ConcertoNet.com
Opera Review: Siegfried (Cycle I), San Francisco Opera
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“The third installment of San Francisco’s lively American Ring Cycle is a knockout, a “Siegfried” of unparalleled physicality and imagination. Director Francesca Zambello and her forces have created a five-hour opera that plays like a two-hour action flick…The sense of theatricality is evident from the rise of the curtain…Tenor David Cangelosi turns Mime’s nervous energy into a kinetic sideshow, dancing on the trailer roof, performing cartwheels…He also delivers vocally, with a deliciously acerbic tone that suits his character.”

Operaville
Opera Review: Siegfried (Cycle I) San Francisco Opera
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“David Cangelosi was a strong Mime in Siegfried, a good match for Morris. He captured the oily nature of the character. With his greasy hair, knit cap, and frequent scowl, he could have been Robert De Niro. He even managed a few somersaults of joy anticipating, incorrectly, that he would soon possess the ring.”

CNY Cafe Momus
Opera Review: Siegfried (Ring Cycle I), San Francisco Opera
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“Under the commanding baton of Donald Runnicles the orchestra offers a dynamic and bracing interpretation, and a dazzling collection of vocal and acting talents includes not one, but two superb Siegfrieds in Jay Hunter Morris and Ian Storey, as well as audience-favorite Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde, and David Cangelosi in a surprisingly engaging turn as Mime, a character I never thought I could love.”

Barnaby Thieme, San Francisco Symphony Social Network
Production Analysis: Ring Cycle, San Francisco Opera
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“David Cangelosi’s Mime did 3 cartwheels for us as well as a backward somersault atop the trailer. I appreciate that he sings the role rather than half declaiming it, as I sometimes hear. His characterization is so funny & entertaining that I came dangerously close to liking Mime.”

Not For Fun Only
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“David Cangelosi continued to impress as Mime. His voice is attractive, has a pleasant, baritonal quality, but his high notes are still brilliant.”

Opera Tattler
Opera Review: Siegfried (Cycle I), San Francisco Opera
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“Tenor David Cangelosi, as the evil dwarf Mime, who raises Siegfried from infancy, all because he wants the ring. Twitching and lurching, throwing sparks with his voice, even doing cartwheels, Cangelosi embodies this unsavory and manipulative character.”

San Jose Mercury News
Opera Review: Siegfried (Cycle I), San Francisco Opera
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“David Cangelosi…marvellous…as Mime”

Financial Times
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“Mime is David Cangelosi – beyond any doubt whatsoever the best acting I’ve seen anywhere in the world for this very fun – and challenging role.”

Operawarhorses.com
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“That left tenor David Cangelosi, as the malevolent Mime, to completely dominate the first half of the opera, which he did with a dark, fluid and vividly imagined performance.”

San Francisco Chronicle
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“Which brings us to “Siegfried”…which received a warm-up performance just last Sunday…Act 1 throbbed with personality, with most of the juice coming from tenor David Cangelosi as the evil jester-dwarf-smithy Mime.”

San Jose Mercury News
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“David Cangelosi’s bright, penetrating tenor projected the highly characterized singing of the Mime part well. Playing the troll, he compensates for his height by crouching and bending, and tumbled and hopped about acrobatically.”

San Francisco Classical Voice
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“San Francisco Opera’s Siegfried delivers a powerful experience. With much glorious playing from the orchestra, plus a Brünnhilde and a Mime that rank with the best, it remained gripping throughout its nearly five-hour length.”

San Francisco Classical Voice
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“In particular,…the sensational Mime of tenor David Cangelosi, whose cutting, intentionally niggling instrument was far more compelling. Cangelosi’s acrobatic physicality…is turning cartwheels and dancing up a storm…”

San Francisco Classical Voice
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“David Cangelosi’s Mime was vocally exactly right…moving…climbing…even doing an (impressive) series of cartwheels. “Cangelosi comes through it all, to his credit, singing well all along.”

San Francisco Examiner
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“The singing was solid. David Cangelosi was perfect for Mime. His voice is bright, and he was both slippery and sniveling. He was able to cartwheel, somersault, and dance.”

The Opera Tattler
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“In Act one, we found Siegfried, a big overgrown blond boy, handsome, brave and brutal, constantly mistreating his foster father (the ghastly dwarf Mime) who was supposed to be a miserable sight–much more miserable than the rather handsome Cangelosi. (His) Mime was outstanding; a first class singer and performer as well.”

Matthew Felix Sun’s Art/Kunst
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“David Cangelosi offered a rounded portrait of Mime: he successfully emphasised the most farcical aspects of his character, coming across as ruthless and selfish, and yet pathetic.”

MusicalCriticism.com
Opera Review: Siegfried, San Francisco Opera
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“As Mime, brother of Alberich, tenor David Cangelosi displayed a loamy voice, sniveling subservience and rage — a true Dickensian character.”

San Jose Mercury News
Opera Review: Das Rheingold
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“David Cangelosi (an) exceptional Mime”

El Nuevo Herald
Opera Review: Ring Cycle III
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“Incisive voice…detailed and accurate, (was) David Cangelosi as Mime.“

Miami Clasica
Opera Review: Ring Cycle III
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“In the crucial part of the novice Grigory, later the Pretender Dmitri, tenor Evgeny Akimov offers thrilling and inspired vocalism—perhaps the best in the show, after Kazakov’s. The other high-lying male role is filled by David Cangelosi. His voice is unusually rich and powerful for a character tenor, and he and Kazakov make their Act II confrontation a highlight merely through the excellence of their acting.”

Nathan Graham, Facebook Reviewer
Opera Review: Boris Godunov, Dallas Opera
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“In this production, we see the evolution of Shiusky’s ambitions towards the throne. The boyar, now certain that Boris’ mental state suggests a shortened reign, is here convincingly portrayed by the excellent operatic actor, David Cangelosi.”

Operawarhorses.com
Opera Review: Boris Godunov, Dallas Opera
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“David Cangelosi is aptly acidic as the betrayer Shuisky.”

Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
Opera Review: Boris Godunov, Dallas Opera
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“But the cast is not entirely Slavic. Americans David Cangelosi as the sinister Shuisky, Meredith Arwady as the inn hostess, and Rebecca Jo Loeb as Fyodor all scored points.”

Olin Chism, Art & Seek
Opera Review: Boris Godunov, Dallas Opera
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“David Cangelosi (Shuisky) and Andrei Spekhov (Schelkalov) are also terrific.”

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones
Opera Review: Boris Godunov, Dallas Opera
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“Lyric stalwart tenor David Cangelosi is at his best as the bartender, Nick.”

Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun Times
Opera Review: La Fanciulla del West, Lyric Opera of Chicago
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“As Nick the bartender, David Cangelosi anchored the scene, and his continuous movement was a welcome addition to the sometimes static imagery.”

James L. Zychowicz, Seen and Heard International
Opera Review: La Fanciulla del West, Lyric Opera of Chicago
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“David Cangelosi, (a) trusty Nick.”

John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
Opera Review: La Fanciulla del West, Lyric Opera of Chicago
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