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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Marco Panuccio
Lyric Tenor

Marco PanuccioItalian-American lyric tenor Marco Panuccio is earning sensational international acclaim from both audiences and critics. Mr. Panuccio sang the Duke (Rigoletto) with Grange Park Opera (London) in which The Stage Reviews said, “Marco Panuccio’s Duke is the work of an artist.” Mr. Panuccio performed Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles with Wexford Festival Opera in which Opera News exalted him saying “As the villain Bégearss, Mr. Panuccio gave what might well turn out to be a career-making performance.” Mr. Panuccio also performed O Holy Night ~ An Evening of Holiday Song in which the Chicago Tribune said “It was what a holiday concert should be: beautifully sung, moving, intelligent.” Mr. Panuccio sang with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra where the Cincinnati Enquirer hailed him saying “Panuccio served notice once again that he is a leading tenor of the first rank.”

Upcoming performances in the 2013 season and beyond include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème with Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy; Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata with Grange Park Opera (London); tenor soloist in the Puccini Gala with the London Symphony Orchestra; tenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; the Italian Singer in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier with Cincinnati Opera; tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra; Britten at 100 - a recital honoring the centennial of Benjamin Britten in Cincinnati; and the American tour of Marco Panuccio Presents O Holy Night ~ An Evening of Holiday Song.

In 2012, Mr. Panuccio sang Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Grange Park Opera (London), Don Ruiz di Padilla in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla with Chelsea Opera Group (London); the title role in Harbison’s The Great Gatsby with Ensemble Parallèle in San Francisco; tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, San Juan Philharmonic, Reno Philharmonic and Binghamton Philharmonic; and tenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with Leipzig MDR Sinfonieorchester (Germany).

In the 2010 and 2011 Mr. Panuccio appeared as the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Grange Park Opera; Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème with Lyrique-en-Mer Festival de Belle-Île France; Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with Opera Grand Rapids; the title role in Bernstein’s Candide with Münchner Philharmoniker; Don José in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera Holland Park; Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Florida Grand Opera; the Electrician in Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Teatro Rossini in Lugo; Anthony in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti a Modena, Teatro Rossini a Lugo, and Teatri Comunali di Piacenza; Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata and Manrico in Verdi’s Il Trovatore both with Portland SummerFest; and an Italian Gala Concert with Beijing Symphony in China. Mr. Panuccio also made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon.

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Carter Scott
Dramatic Soprano

Carter ScottAmerican soprano Carter Scott has received tremendous critical acclaim for her portrayals of a wide variety of the Verdi, Strauss, and Wagner heroines. Turandot has become one of Ms. Scott’s signature roles, of which she has sung over fifty performances in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Roles this season include Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer and a return to her alma mater, the University of North Carolina, School of the Arts, to sing the Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde with the UNCSA Orchestra. During the 2012-2013 season, she returned to Knoxville Opera for her role debut as Minnie in La fanciulla del West, and debuted with the Theater Erfurt (Germany) for the 20th anniversary season of the open-air DomStufen-Festspiele in the title role of Turandot.

The soprano began the 2011-12 season with Boston Lyric Opera as Verdi’s Lady Macbeth. Later that season, she made a successful return to the Fort Worth Opera Festival as Floria Tosca (Tosca). Ms. Scott was engaged by the Bremen Opera (Germany) for 24 performances of the title role in Turandot for the opening of their new theater, a role she has also sung with Korean National Opera, and Fort Worth Opera Festival.

Highlights of Ms. Scott’s career include the tour-de-force role of Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco for her European debut with the Dortmund Opera (Germany), and Leonora in La forza del destino with Knoxville Opera. She sang the demanding mezzo-soprano role of Ježibaba in Rusalka opposite Renée Fleming and Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana, both with San Diego Opera. Return engagements with Lyric Opera of Chicago include role assignments as Salome, Turandot, and Tosca. She cherishes her first performances of Verdi’s Aida with Syracuse Opera and Verdi’s Lady Macbeth with Syracuse Opera and Opera Roanoke. She made her stage debut with the Washington National Opera as the 3rd Norn in Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung.

Ms. Scott is a recipient of many distinguished awards and grants, including the 1996 William Matheus Sullivan Award, as well as awards from the Metropolitan Opera, Southern California Opera Guild, and the Luciano Pavarotti Vocal Competition. Her vocal training includes study at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of California, the Music Academy of the West, the Tanglewood Festival, and the American School of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

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Christopher Feigum
Lyric Baritone

Christopher FeigumChristopher Feigum has been praised for his dynamic stage presence and elegant musicianship with America’s leading opera companies and orchestras. Celebrated critic John von Rhein in Opera Now praised his “mellifluously sung, elegantly acted Figaro . . . the quality of his voice and singing is matched by his amiably confident platform manner.” This role served as the vehicle for his San Francisco Opera debut and he has also sung the role with Opera Colorado, St. Louis Opera Theater, and Tulsa Opera. Mr. Feigum joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2009/10 for the premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose, and is completing his current 2013/14 Metropolitan Opera engagement with performances of Die Fledermaus, and a remount of The Nose. During the 2012/13 season, Mr. Feigum returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the critically acclaimed performances of Thomas Ades's The Tempest (available on Deutsche Gramaphon DVD). The performances were broadcast in over 100 countries, as part of the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series. Mr. Feigum's 2011/12 season included a successful Metropolitan Opera debut, as Baron Prus in Janacek's The Makropulos Case, which also served as his Metropolitan Opera International Radio broadcast debut. Additionally, he made his Tanglewood debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Brander in The Damnation of Faust under the baton of Charles Dutoit.

Mr. Feigum’s 2010/11 season began with a great success in his role and house debuts at the New York City Opera, as Young Sam in Leonard Bernstien’s A Quiet Place. Other highlights of the season include a role debut with Tulsa Opera as the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Other exciting engagements included a reprisal of his signature role of Figaro in John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles at the Wexford Opera Festival (Ireland), and his role debut as Escamillo in Carmen at Utah Opera. In 2008/09 Mr. Feigum returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing the roles of Lescaut in Manon and Silvio in Pagliacci. He also appeared as Dr. Falke in Dallas Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus, as Zurga in The Pearl Fishers with the Seattle Opera, as Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore with Tulsa Opera, and in John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis. He was also seen in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.

In recent seasons he made his role debuts as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Opera Colorado, as Lescaut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, as Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and debuted at Seattle Opera as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. Mr. Feigum also made debuts with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony as Brander in La Damnation de Faust under Charles Dutoit; and made his debut at Los Angeles Opera under James Conlon as Reinmar in Tannhäuser. Other concert appearances have included performances of Handel’s Messiah with the San Diego Symphony and the Colorado Symphony, Elektra with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes at the Ravinia Festival.

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Patricia Risley
Mezzo Soprano

Patricia RisleyOpera News hails Patricia Risley for “her voice…luscious and agile, her characterization both boisterous and tender” as well as her beautiful “singing with ease and certainty.” Patricia Risley reprised the role of Evvy Powers in Machover’s Death and the Powers in her debut with Dallas Opera, as well as Tisbe in La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera this season. Last season, she again returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Rosina in the company’s special holiday performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia as well as for Altichiara in Francesca da Rimini, Flora in La Traviata, and its production of Faust. She also returned to the title role of Carmen with Opera Fairbanks.

Ms. Risley is a frequent guest at the Metropolitan Opera where she made her debut as Tebaldo in Don Carlo and has returned for Tisbe in previous performances of La Cenerentola, Flora in La Traviata, Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, and Mercedes in Carmen. Additionally, she has enjoyed a strong relationship with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as a former member of the company’s prestigious Ryan Opera Center, and has since performed thirteen roles with the company, including Siebel in Faust, Stephano in Roméo et Juliette, and Meg Page in Falstaff.

The winner of a 2001 Aria Award, she recently made her New York City Opera debut as Dinah in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and was heard recently as Sesto in Giulio Cesare and Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette with Houston Grand Opera; Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Ravinia Festival, Palm Beach Opera, and with the Israeli Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta; Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and further performances of Sesto in Giulio Cesare at the Opera Colorado; Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Magret in Wozzeck, and Varvara in Kátya Kabanová with Santa Fe Opera. Other engagements in America include Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier for Opera Pacific, and Siebel in Faust with Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Celebrated for her performances within contemporary repertoire, she recently created the roles of Evvy Powers in Death and the Powers at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. She also joined Florentine Opera as Sharon Falconer in Aldrige’s Elmer Gantry (available on the Naxos label); Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest at the Concertgebouw for Miranda in Ades’ The Tempest.

Her German debut took place at the Staatsoper unter den Linden as Cherubino in a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, performances of which were released as DVD on the Arthaus label. Elsewhere in Europe, she sang Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Teatro Real, La Musica/La Speranza in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Meg Page in Falstaff at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Noted also for her performances on the concert stage, she has also has joined the New York Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival.

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Elizabeth Buccheri
Senior Vocal Coach

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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Steven Crawford
Head Vocal Coach

Steven CrawfordMaestro Crawford, whose final season with the Metropolitan Opera included two performances of La Bohème of which one was his Sirius radio broadcast debut, is one of today's most versatile opera conductors.  Shortly following those performances, he was chosen to conduct the world premiere of HONOR, a requiem for orchestra, chorus and soloists composed by Christian McLeer in honor of those who have died in service to our country.  Recently, he conducted the professional premiere of Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo for the Remarkable Theatre Brigade, La Bohème for the Inwood Shakespeare Festival, Otello for Kentucky Opera, and Turandot for Dayton Opera.  In the year since he left the Met, Maestro Crawford has conducted performances of Les Contes d'Hoffmann for his second season with Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance (for whom his performances of Don Giovanni last summer were noted by the New York Times as "lively, taut, and polished"), Don Giovanni for Dayton Opera, Otello with Vero Beach Opera, and The Medium/Pagliacci for Syracuse Opera.  On a different note, Maestro Crawford was recently awarded the honor of Vocal Coach of the Year by Classical Singer magazine.  Dedicated to the training of young singers, Maestro Crawford has been both coach and conductor on the staffs of the Westminster Summer Vocal Institute, Intermezzo, Prelude to Performance, and the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy.

While still a member of the conducting staff at the Met, his most recent projects included Faust, the world premiere of An American Tragedy, and the critically acclaimed revival of Cyrano.  He recently conducted Kirke Meecham's Tartuffe in Portland OR, and earlier La Cenerentola with the Cincinnati Opera, where he had been called "the find of the evening" for stepping in on twelve hours notice to conduct Il Barbiere di Siviglia, simultaneously accompanying the recitatives on the fortepiano.

Maestro Crawford continues to have an active career in accompanying when his conducting schedule permits.  He has in the past accompanied Justino Diaz and Pablo Elvira in Puerto Rico, Aprile Millo in Sao Paolo, Richard Cowan on Belle Île en Mer, and Ortrun Wenkel and Håkan Hagegåard in Miami.

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Dale Williams
Senior Staff Accompanist

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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