Ogdensburg Command Performances seeks local singers for 'Phantom of the Opera' May 18
Monday, April 8, 2013 - 2:42 pm

OGDENSBURG -- Ogdensburg Command Performances presents “Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Broadway veterans Glory Crampton & Franc D’Ambrosio in Ogdensburg Free Academy’s George Hall Auditorium on May 18 at 7:45 p.m. Tickets, $15-$37, for this spectacular evening may be purchased by calling 393-2625 or visiting www.ILoveTheatre.org.

Two local singers, a female and a male, will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to audition for the roles of “Christine” and “Raoul” to be sung during the performance in the beloved duet, “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera.

The singers will be selected through an audition with Franc D’Ambrosio, a world-class teacher who studied with the late legendary Luciano Pavarotti.

Auditions are open to all high school and college students in St. Lawrence County, ages 15-22, and will be held 4-6:30 p.m. on May 17 in George Hall Auditorium at Ogdensburg Free Academy. Registration is required and may be completed by calling Ogdensburg Command Performances, 393-2625, Tuesday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The public is invited to attend.

After announcing six finalists (three female, three male), Mr. D’Ambrosio will offer vocal and acting instructions to each on stage in a Master Class. After hearing/working with the finalists one “Christine” and one “Raoul” will be chosen to join him on stage the following night at Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Franc D’Ambrosio is best known as the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera and was awarded the impressive distinction as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom” which he played for six years.

His resume also includes the role of Al Pacino’s opera singing son, Anthony Corleone, in Francis Ford Coppola’s seven-time Academy Award nominated film "Godfather III."

He sang the Academy Award winning theme song, “Speak Softly Love” (Brucia la Terra) both in the film and on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

While touring Mr. D’Ambrosio makes himself available for local outreach programs across the US and Europe.