Vann Vocal Institute

David Cangelosi, Artistic/Program Director
Internationally Acclaimed Operatic Tenor, Lead Master-Class Instructor

As the Artistic and Program Director of the Vann Vocal Institute (VVI) since its inception in 2007, David Cangelosi continues to bring the world's finest opera singers, vocal coaches, directors, agents, and artistic administrators to the city of Montgomery, Alabama.

His mission is to continue the advancement of the Classical Vocal Arts through high-level mentoring, tutoring, coaching, lecturing, and master-class instruction, with an international array of full-time working artists from the rosters of the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera, among others.

As an internationally acclaimed, highly respected veteran of the industry, Mr. Cangelosi is uniquely positioned to continue to grow the Vann Vocal Institute into one of the world's finest programs for aspiring, and emerging, young artists.

His performance and film credits include regular appearances with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera (Garnier/Bastille), Theatre des Champs Elysees (Paris), San Francisco Opera, Washington Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, The National Symphony, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and recordings with EMI Classics, London.  He has also appeared at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival, Blossom Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival (U.S.A.) and the Fete de la Musique-Paris.

World renowned mentors include:  Placido Domingo, James Levine, Franco Zeffirelli, Bruno Bartoletti, Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis, Donald Runnicles, James Conlon, Antonio Pappano, Catherine Malfitano, Stephen Sondheim; and film directors, Anthony Minghella, Benoit Jacquot, and Robert Altman.

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Lori Phillips
Dramatic Soprano

Marco PanuccioThe New York Times has praised Lori Phillips as “impressive with formidable vocal power” and Opera News has said: “Soprano Lori Phillips was a terrific Brünnhilde: her voice started out in excellent form and kept getting better, her clarion upper register sending chills down one’s spine”. Performances include Brünnhilde in Die Walküre for Hawaii Opera Theatre and in Siegfried and Götterdämmerung for Seattle Opera; title role in Aida for Hawaii; Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana for Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Québec, Arizona Opera; Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer for her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2010 (which was broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio), and repeated for Washington National Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Syracuse Symphony; Turandot for Opera Lyra Ottawa, Portland Opera, Atlanta Opera, New York City Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Memphis, Indianapolis Opera; Leonore in Fidelio, Portland Opera; Minnie in La Fanciulla del West, Utah Opera; Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Seattle Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Memphis; and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth in Arizona. In Europe, Miss Phillips has worked with companies in Paris, Amsterdam, Nice, and England.  She has also been heard on tour in Japan, most notably, at Tokyo’s International Forum.  She performs on a newly released Naxos recording of Milhaud's L'Orestie d’Eschyle; on the Telarc recording as Ariane in Dukas' Ariane et Barbe-Bleue with the BBC Symphony, and on a Naxos recording of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.  Her recordings are available at and on iTunes.  In October 2014, in New York City, Lori will be honored at the Puccini Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Gala for outstanding achievement in opera.

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Elizabeth Bishop

Carter ScottAmerican mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop has been praised by Opera News for her "gorgeous voice" and is in equal demand for both opera and concert performances across the country. With a "burgundy mezzo-soprano" theWashington Post describes as "a rich well of color and emotion," audiences and critics alike recognize her as one of this country's predominant singing actresses

In the 2014-15 season Elizabeth Bishop returns to Washington National Opera as Mother Marie in Poulenc’sDialogues of the Carmelites. Her 2013-14 engagements included returning to the Metropolitan Opera in La sonnambula and I puritani, to Washington National Opera as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, to Pittsburgh Opera as Amneris in Aida; to New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, under Jacques LaCombe, in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde; singing as mezzo soloist with Richmond Symphony in Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust and with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. In summer of 2014 she is mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with New Hampshire Music Festival and debuts with Boston Symphony Orchestra (at Tanglewood) as Amneris inAida

Recent season highlights include returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Les Troyens and Das Rheingold, and as Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites and to the roster of Washington National Opera; singing Sieglinde in Act One of Die Walküre and Isolde’s “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde in concert for North Carolina Opera; Azucena in Il trovatore with Utah Opera; soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Grand Teton Music Festival, under Donald Runnicles. With the Metropolitan Opera she has sung Fenena in Nabucco, Second Norn in Götterdämmerung, and in the title role of Iphigenie en Tauride. She returnedto Washington Concert Opera to sing Principessa inAdriana Lecouvreur; and to Pittsburgh Opera as Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites.

Career highlights include multiple appearances with Los Angeles Opera as Frau Marthe Rull in Der zerbrochene Krug, Third Zofe in Der Zwerg, and Grandmother Burjya in Jenufa. She has garnered critical acclaim in recent seasons with appearances as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Grand Teton Music Festival, under Donald Runnicles; Adalgisa in Norma with Portland Opera; Fricka in Die Walküre with Washington National Opera; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with both the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Spano, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, under Charles Dutoit.

Ms. Bishop's concert stage career includes performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Tippett's A Child of Our Time, under the baton of Roger Norrington; and in Ligeti's Requiem, under Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has performed Mozart's "Coronation" Mass, and both Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and Liebestod with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Mozart's Requiem with the National Philharmonic, and Mass in C Minor with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony No. 2 with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra; and Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She was engaged for further performances of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with the Malaysian Philharmonic, again with Donald Runnicles; sang Messiah with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Duruflé's Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra; Mendelssohn'sElijah with the Louisville Symphony, and Lobgesang with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Verdi's Requiem with both National Philharmonic and The Washington Chorus; and Bach's Magnificat with Phoenix Symphony

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Richard Troxell

Christopher FeigumRichard Troxell’s beautiful lyric tenor voice has been thrilling audiences in leading roles in opera houses and on concert stages around the world, among them Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Australia in Sydney, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, L’Opéra Comique Paris, Opéra Monte Carlo, Théâtre du Capitôle de Toulouse, Opéra National de Montpellier, Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla, Teatro del Lago Chile, National Theater for the Performing Arts Beijing, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia , and the Portland Opera. His vocal artistry and powerful stage presence set him apart, and his ability to connect with audiences have made him a favorite.

Mr. Troxell’s star turn as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in the award winning Sony film Madame Buttterfly, presented by Martin Scorcese, received high praise following its premiere in Paris and the U.S. in1996. Film critics Siskel and Ebert gave him “two thumbs up” and said of Richard’s performance ”His voice is splendid and his manner assured.” The New York Times deemed his performance “the most dramatically satisfying vocal characterization” in the film. His Pinkerton is one of the most viewed performances of this role.

Highlights of the past two seasons include his début in Italy as Don José at the Teatro Petruzzelli under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, later reprised at the Maestro’s Castleton Festival, the title role in Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei with Portland Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Australia (photo) and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Palm Beach Opera (photo) and the San Antonio Opera.  Mr. Troxell also performed Don José in Beijing  and in Sydney  (photo) , La Bohème with Opera Colorado, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera Hamilton, and his first Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon with Calgary Opera.

Mr. Troxell’s recording credits include the role of Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly for the Sony label, the role of Beppe in I pagliacci under the baton of Georges Prêtre, and several compositions by American Jewish composers including Masada by Marvin David Levy with the Berlin Radio Symphony. He is the featured soloist on the sold-out  CD What A Wonderful World.

Richard Troxell is from Thurmont, Maryland where he started singing at the age of four along with his parents, belting out Broadway tunes at Lions Club benefits and singing hymns in the church choir. He received his operatic training at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia, PA. He currently resides in the countryside of Chester County, PA with his wife dancer/choreographer Lisa Lovelace and their two sons Wilder and Shane. When not performing, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, motorcycling, hiking , and long-distance bicycle riding.

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Raymond Aceto

Patricia Risley

American Bass Raymond Aceto has established an important presence among the world’s leading opera companies and symphony orchestras.  His performances continue to gather both popular and critical acclaim.  Of his performance as Baron Scarpia, The Houston Chronicle hailed: “Raymond Aceto oozes suave villainy as the evil Baron Scarpia, his voice a dark rumble of menace and lust…commanding in voice and presence, implacable in his lust for Tosca, he is nonetheless subtle in his calculations.  It’s his smiling ease that confirms how dangerous he is.”

Mr Aceto began the 2013 season as Zaccaria in Nabucco for the Arena Di Verona with Placido Domingo as Nabucco. He then appeared as Timur in Turandot for Covent Garden.  Other 2013-2014 highlights include Tosca in Bologna, Flying Dutchman for Arizona Opera, Nabucco in Florence, as well as Verdi Reqiuem with New West Symphony in Los Angeles and Phoenix Symphony and Beethoven 9th Symphony with Dallas Symphony.  Mr. Aceto returns to Verona in Summer of 2014 to appear as Escamillo in Carmen and Ramfis in Aida.

Mr. Aceto closed the 2011-2012 season reprising the role of Scarpia in the new production of Tosca for his return to the Santa Fe Opera.    In the 2012-2013 season, highlights included performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Nashville Symphony, Don Giovanni with the Metropolitan Opera and Verdi’s Les Vepres Siciliennes with Frankfurt Oper.

Mr. Aceto is well-known at leading houses around the world.  A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artists Development Program, he has appeared frequently with the company since his debut in 1992 as the Jailer in Tosca, opposite Luciano Pavoratti.  His most recent Met appearances include Zaccaria in Nabucco, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Sparfucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto.  

Mr. Aceto was awarded the Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grants in 1995 and 1996.  In 1994 he was the recipient of a Sullivan Foundation Award.  In 2009 he traveled to Rome to record Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Antonio Pappano conducting, and in 1996 he traveled to Japan for performances and a recording of The Rake’s Progress, Seiji Ozawa conducting.  Mr. Aceto can also be heard in the role of Capellio in Teldec’s recording of I Capuleti e I Montecchi

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Elizabeth Buccheri
Senior Vocal Coach/Lecturer

Elizabeth BuccheriDr. Elizabeth Buccheri, a native of South Carolina, was educated at Winthrop University and the Eastman School of Music, from which she received the Performer’s Certificate in Piano and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. At Eastman, she was a student of the imminent collaborative pianist, Brooks Smith. During these Rochester years, she was pianist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and also performed and toured with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Her varied career as coach and accompanist has included twenty-eight seasons as accompanist for the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the legendary Margaret Hillis; pianist coach for the opera companies of Rochester’s Opera Under the Stars and the Brevard (N.C.) Music Festival; accompanist/coach for conductors Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Sir Andrew Davis, and Christoph Eschenbach; and since 1987, assistant conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

An experienced recitalist, she has appeared in concert with singers Nicole Cabell, Susanne Mentzer, Susan Graham, Michelle DeYoung, Samuel Ramey, Elizabeth Futral, and Sherrill Milnes, with the Shanghai and Vermeer String Quartets, and with violinists Midori and Gil Shaham. These concerts have taken her to all parts of the United States and to many countries in Europe. Buccheri has recorded extensively on the CRI, Sony, Boston, Cedille and Albany labels and was responsible for musical preparation on London Records’ issues of Schönberg’s Moses und Aron, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg, and Verdi’s Otello, Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and soloists. For this work, Elizabeth Buccheri received the Solti Foundation Award, the first American musician to be so honored. In previous years, Buccheri assisted Maestro Pierre Boulez, the Cleveland Orchestra, Chorus, and soloists with preparations for performances at Severance Hall, Cleveland and Carnegie Hall, New York. She is the founder and music director of Chamber Music at North Park, and was awarded the honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by North Park University in May 2004. A dedicated teacher, Buccheri has given master classes at Juilliard, Eastman, Northwestern, and at the music academies of Lithuania and Latvia. In 2013 Buccheri was named Head of Music for the Opera Program at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

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Kelly Kuo
Vocal Coach

Steven CrawfordThe recipient of a 2009 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award for young conductors, Kelly Kuo is entering his second season as both Artistic Director of the Oregon Mozart Players and Music Director and Conductor of the Butler Opera Center at The University of Texas at Austin.  Praised as a versatile musician with a diverse repertoire including 75 operas, his work has been described as “colorful and judiciously paced” (Jay Harvey Upstage), a “pleasure to hear” (Anchorage Daily News) and “showing as high a level of ensemble cohesiveness as anyone could demand" (The Register Guard).

Kuo’s recent engagements include debuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Cincinnati Opera.  His 2013-14 season includes leading the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s opera, A Woman in Morocco, returning to Anchorage Opera for a new version of Die Fledermaus, and acting as cover conductor for Peter Oundjian with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

In his first year as Artistic Director of the Oregon Mozart Players, Kuo’s artistic vision widened the ensemble’s repertoire to include more recent compositions of Gorecki, Harbison and Golijov in addition to celebrating the familiar by introducing a number of works by Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi, and Rossini which had never been performed by the group in its history.  Their performances have received consistently excellent reviews recognizing the immediate growth of the ensemble and in his last collaboration with the ensemble, Kelly was lauded for having “transformed this chamber group into...a band of professional, enthusiastic and superior musicians, playing confidently as one unit" (The Register Guard).

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Dale Williams
Master Class Pianist

Dale WilliamsDale Williams holds the Bachelor of Music Education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, her post-graduate work was done at the University of Illinois where she studied with the internationally acclaimed Vocal Coach/Accompanist Eric Dalheim. She has served as staff accompanist for the International Cathedral Music Festival in England for four years and the Seminar für Klassiche Musik in Eisenstadt, Austria for three years. She has also accompanied seminars and masterclasses conducted by Robert Shaw, John Rutter, Sir David Willcocks, David Cangelosi, Richard Stoltzman and Yo-Yo Ma. Most recently, Mrs. Williams served on the music faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she was Associate Chairman of the Music Department, Accompanist/Coach and taught music theory courses. She was also the organist at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, accompanist for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus and keyboardist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a free-lance collaborative pianist in the Tampa Bay area, accompanist for the Tampa Oratorio Singers, an adjunct instructor at the University of Tampa, and keyboardist with the Florida Orchestra.

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