Samuel Mungo
New England Third Place Winner, 1991

Involved in opera as a director, singer and teacher for more than twenty years, Samuel Mungo is the Director of Opera Studies and Coordinator of the Voice Area at Texas State University. This season The Texas State University Opera Theatre has partnered with Texas Hill Country Opera & Arts to commission an opera celebrating Lady Bird Johnson, written by Pulitzer Prize Winner Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and Henry Mollicone (Face on the Barroom Floor); the première is April 28, 2016. Also on Sam’s agenda next year, two presentations at The National Opera Association’s 61st Annual Convention and The National Association of Teachers of Singing Winter Workshop. The first, with Stage Director Dean Anthony (NEAuditions 1989), examines “Variations and Possibilities in Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight,” an opera that has had over twenty-five productions since its 2013 premiere. The second, “Don’t Sing and Don’t Act,” centers on the training of young opera students.


Sam received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Illinois State University, an Artist’s Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, a Masters in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory, and a Doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has been on the faculty of The Actor’s Studio Drama School, New York University, University of Colorado at Boulder and the New School University. Last summer he taught at the Varna International Opera Academy in Bulgaria.


In his performing career Sam appeared with opera companies and orchestras throughout North America and around the world. The baritone’s roles included Don Giovanni for Minnesota Opera and Chicago Opera Theater, Falke in Die Fledermauswith Vancouver Opera, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia with Opera Theater of St. Louis, Danilo in The Merry Widow for Sacramento Opera, Opera Grand Rapids and Knoxville Opera, and Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore for San Antonio Opera. His credits as a director include productions of Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, The Turn of the Screw and Candide at Texas State, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Florida Grand Opera, The Pirates of Penzance for Colorado Light Opera, Trouble in Tahiti for the Boulder Opera Project, and Rigoletto and Il Trovatore for San Antonio Opera. His production of Ibert’s Angélique was named Opera Production of the Year by the National Opera Association in 2012.

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