With a voice that has been described as “pure, lovely, vibrant, truthful, and lustrous,” Claire Vangelisti has found success on both national and international stages, singing repertoire from Bach to Berg. In the operatic arena, Vangelisti has performed with Austin Opera, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Southwest Opera, Louisiana Opera, and has sung the roles of The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Gianetta in L’Elisir d’amore, Gilda in Rigoletto, Sadie in Slow Dusk, Mimì in La bohème, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and 1st Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Vangelisti has also performed concert versions/partial roles of Violetta in La traviata, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Musetta in La bohème, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, Markenka in The Bartered Bride, Cunegunda in Candide, to name a few. Vangelisti’s stage versatility has also led her to perform several operetta roles. Highlights include Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Vangelisti’s Mabel won a B. Iden Payne Award for “Best Actress in a Musical” as well as a nomination for “Best Actress in a Musical,” Austin Critics Table Award. Vangelisti has also ventured into the Classical Musical Theater genre, singing the roles of Marsinah in Kismet, Marian Paroo in The Music Man, and the partial role of Carrie in Carousel.
Vangelisti has been engaged extensively as a concert soloist in works such as Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Requiem, Solemn Vespers, Mass in C Major, and Regina Coeli K. 108, as well as Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Missa in tempori belli, Honegger’s King David, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G Major, Bach’s Magnificat, Mass in B Minor, and St. Mark Passion, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Monteverdi’s Vespro Della Beata Vergine, Jommelli’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams’s Hodie, Fauré’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Vangelisti has performed in concert with The Round Top Festival Institute, Texas Chamber Consort, Austin Civic Chorus and Orchestra, Temple Civic Chorus, Temple Symphony Orchestra, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Austin Summer Choral Symposium, San Gabriel Chorale and Orchestra, Capital City Men’s Chorus, Austin Symphonic Band, Monroe Symphony, Central Louisiana Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra, and the Austin Chamber Ensemble.
Vangelisti is an avid champion of the music of living composers, and performed the World Premiere of Letting Go, a song cycle by composer Daron Hagen, in the Fall of 2002. In in 2013, Vangelisti performed the American Premiere of two song cycles by Portuguese composer Eurico Carrapatoso, and she continues to disperse Carrapatoso’s music to the U.S. audience. She has also collaborated with artists such as Libby Larsen, John Harbison, Daron Hagen, Lowell Liebermann, William Bolcom, Frank Ticheli, Stephen Paulus, Jake Hegge, and Eric Ewazen. As a well-known educator and artist, she has presented lecture-recitals on both national and international levels at the Texoma and Southern Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Conventions, the Canadian University Music Society’s annual convention, The 45th International Horn Symposium, The National Opera Association Convention, the Music Teachers National Association Louisiana Chapter Convention, and at the Louisiana Music Educators Association Convention.
Vangelisti has received many honors and awards in recognition for excellence in teaching, as well as in performing. In 2005 and 2006, Vangelisti was nominated and listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In 2007, Vangelisti received an Outstanding Alumni Award from her undergraduate alma mater Central Washington University, honored for her career achievements post-graduation. In 2012, Vangelisti received a Foundation Award for Excellence in Creative/Artistic Activity from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
For the last ten years, Vangelisti has held several leadership positions in professional organizations. From 2004-2008, Vangelisti served as President of the Board of Directors of the Austin Chamber Ensemble. She is still currently serving on the Board of Directors. Vangelisti is also currently on the Board of Directors of Ecoutez Press. From 2009 to 2010, she served as Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian of the Northern Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. From 2012-2014, she served as Vice-President/President Elect of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and she just completed a two-year term as the Louisiana NATS Chapter President, from 2014-2016.
Vangelisti has been invited to teach as guest faculty at several institutions including I Curso Internacional de Música Vocal in Aveiro, Portugal, the Universidád de Aveiro, Portugal, the University of Houston, Texas State University, and the University of Miami at Coral Gables. She is in demand as both a competition and master class clinician, serving in this capacity at the Music Teachers National Association, Southern Region, the National Assocation of Teachers of Singing, Mississippi District NATSAA competition, the Texas District and State Solo and Ensemble Contest, the Texas Music Educators Association District and Area All-State Choir Auditions, the Louisiana Music Educators Association District and Area All-State Choir Auditions, the University of Houston, Louisiana State University, Grand Valley State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Bossier Parish Community College, Texas State University, and the University of Texas at Tyler, to name a few.
Vangelisti holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She was an active member of the voice faculty at Southwestern University from 1996-2007, and she is currently Associate Professor and Voice Program Coordinator at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.