Two lucky people will get to sing with the “Phantom” when he appears on stage at Lander University on Feb. 7.
Franc D’Ambrosio, the longest-running star of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Phantom of the Opera,” will appear in a one-man show titled “Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway: Songs of the Great White Way.” His appearance will be the next-to-the-last show in the Greenwood Lander Performing Arts season.
On Feb. 6, D’Ambrosio will hold auditions at Lander to choose one female and one male to join him onstage the following evening to sing the roles of the Phantom characters Christine and Raoul.
Individuals in 9th grade through adult are eligible to take part in the auditions, which will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m., in Lander’s Barksdale Recital Hall located in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center. A pianist will be present and, while singers can choose their own selections to perform, they are expected to bring sheet music or sing without accompaniment.
Those interested in auditioning must sign up before Feb. 6 by calling the GLPA office at 864-388-8326, or e-mailing outreach coordinator Jackie Counts at email@example.com.
D’Ambrosio will choose six finalists and they will join Lander music students in a master class that he will teach. Then, from the final six, he will choose a Christine and a Raoul to perform with him.
The Greenwood County Community Foundation and the Greenwood Chapter of the American Guild of Organists are sponsoring the auditions.
In addition to his Broadway and other musical credits, D’Ambrosio appeared in the 1990 motion picture “The Godfather III” in the role of Anthony Corleone, the opera-singing son of the main character played Al Pacino. He also sang the film’s Academy Award winning theme song, “Speak Softly Love.”
His performance on-screen so impressed the legendary operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti that he invited D’Ambrosio to spend a summer studying with him at his home in Italy. D’Ambrosio also has a passion for teaching his music craft and spends a considerable amount of time working with students at schools in Italy and in the U.S.
In addition to teaching, he is a frequent guest artist appearing with many major orchestras and symphonies in the U.S., Europe and South America.
Capsugel of Greenwood is the corporate sponsor of D’Ambrosio’s GLPA performance.