Roberto Mancusi

Biography

The Kansas City Star said of bass Roberto Mancusi in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff: “Mancusi made a fine Falstaff, with a commanding voice and an engaging physical and comedic presence that nicely captured the character’s epicurean fullness.” In addition, Mancusi has performed a variety of roles ranging from Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), and Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos) to Prologus/Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum).

On the concert stage, he has appeared as the bass soloist in such works as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, among others. He has appeared with numerous symphonies around the U.S. including the Southwest Symphony, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, and Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. During that time, he was fortunate to work with many notable conductors, among them: David Effron, Robert Larsen, Eph Ehly, Andy Anderson, Charles Bruffy, Daniel Dominick, and Peter Shannon.

Equally at home in recitals, Mr. Mancusi uses his programs to not simply entertain, but to reach out to the next generation of young singers and encourage them to continue to participate in music throughout their education and beyond. He has toured with two such programs: Real Men CAN Sing which stayed in the contiguous United States, and most recently, The Big Sing Theory: The Triumph of the Human Spirit, which he also took on a limited concert tour of southern England.

Mr. Mancusi can be heard as a featured soloist on several CDs including: A Jubilant Song: Celebrating 75 Years of Singing at Eastern New Mexico University; Small Town-Big Sound, vol II: The Music of West Tennessee; Sunset Over the Weald: Vocal Music by British Composer F L Dunkin Wedd; and the companion recording to his concert tour: The Big Sing Theory: The Triumph of the Human Spirit.

When not onstage, Mr. Mancusi is a member of the voice faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin where he has taught since 2008. He is in demand as a clinician, having given several master classes for singers of all levels across the country and in England. He is also an accomplished author, having written multiple articles for Classical Singer Magazine, and a textbook, Voice for Non-Majors, which was published by Pearson/Prentice Hall, and is currently in use around the world. He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance Degree from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and both his Master of Music in Vocal Performance and DMA in Vocal Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Repertoire

OPERA/THEATER REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work Company
Menotti Melchior Amahl and the Night Visitors University of Tennessee at Martin
Mozart Sarastro The Magic Flute University of Tennessee at Martin
Mozart Il Commendatore Don Giovanni Eastern New Mexico University
Menotti Balthazar Amahl and the Night Visitors Eastern New Mexico University
Sondheim Prologus/Pseudolus A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Eastern New Mexico University
Verdi Falstaff Falstaff Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City
Mozart Sarastro Die Zauberflöte University of Missouri-Kansas City
Menotti Balthazar Amahl and the Night Visitors Opera Kadopera
Moore Dr. Gregg Gallantry Baker University
Verdi Falstaff (cover) Falstaff Des Moines Metro Opera
Menotti Melchior Amahl and the Night Visitors Opera Kadopera
Mozart Dr. Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro Kansas City Metro Opera Workshop
Donizetti Dulcamara L’Elisir d’amore Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Bock Tevye Fiddler on the Roof
Gounod Mephistophélès Faust
Mozart Leporello Don Giovanni
Sondheim Judge Turpin, Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd
Verdi Filippo II, Grande Inquisitore Don Carlo
Verdi Zaccaria Nabucco
Wagner Wotan Die Walküre
Wagner Hagen Die Götterdämmerung
Weber Kaspar Der Freischütz
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Bach Cantatas No. 4, 74, 106, 211
Bach St. John Passion
Bach St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Mass in C
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Berlioz Le damnation de Faust
Dvorak Te Deum
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn The Creation
Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
Haydn The Seasons
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Verdi Requiem

In The Press

FALSTAFF

“Mancusi made a fine Falstaff, with a commanding voice and an engaging physical and comedic presence that nicely captured the character’s epicurean fullness.” – Kansas City Star

“Roberto Mancusi’s portrayal of the wine-guzzling Falstaff was completely engaging.” – Kansas City Star

SUNSET OVER THE WEALD (recording): INVICTUS

“Mancusi brings a sultry atmosphere and rich textures in this curious setting that holds the ear with its sometimes quizzical, often passionate, turns of phrase. Mancusi finds some really fine deep notes in the coda.” – The Classical Reviewer Online

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