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Dr. Roberto Mancusi, bass-baritone

Dr. Roberto Mancusi is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he has taught since 2008. Prior to his arrival in Tennessee, he was an assistant professor at Eastern New Mexico University (Portales, New Mexico) and an adjunct professor at Avila College (Kansas City, Missouri), Baker University (Baldwin City, Kansas), and Graceland College (Lamoni, Iowa).

As a singer, Dr. Mancusi has performed across the country and in England. He has performed in over 20 different operas and musicals ranging from Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) and Falstaff (Falstaff) to Prologus/Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). On the concert stage, Dr. Mancusi has been heard 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. Most recently, Dr. Mancusi made his international debut in concert at London's prestigious St. Martin-in-the-Fields church.

Dr. Mancusi is, also, an accomplished clinician, adjudicator and author. He has given numerous master classes for singers of all levels, throughout the Midwest, South and Southwest. He has served as an adjudicator for district and regional auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and New Mexico All-State auditions, as well as a number of local and regional talent competitions. As an author, Dr. Mancusi's first textbook, Voice for Non-Majors, was published in 2008 by Pearson/Prentice Hall and is in use around the world. His most recent publication, an article entitled "Reflections on a Cyber-Recital" was published online as a featured article as part of the Classical Singer Magazine website. In December 2014, Dr. Mancusi's article about the British composer, F L Dunkin Wedd, appeared in the print version of Classical Singer Magazine.

Dr. Mancusi holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa) where he studied with Dr. Wayne Crannell. He holds both a Master of Music in Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City- Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with Dr. Anne Delaunay. While at the Conservatory, Dr. Mancusi received numerous performance scholarships and was given one of only two teaching assistantships in voice.

At the University of Tennessee at Martin, Dr. Mancusi's teaching responsibilities include: applied lessons, Aural Skills I & II, Voice Class, Voice Science & Pedagogy, Vocal Literature II, Beginning Choral Techniques & Conducting, directing the Lyric Opera Theater, Masterpieces of Music, Music In Our Time, and Freshman Studies. Teaching awards include being listed in the 11th edition of Who's Who Among American Teachers. In 2010, Dr. Mancusi was awarded one of the UTM College of Humanities and Fine Arts- Outstanding Junior Faculty Awards and was inducted in Phi Kappa Phi (National Academic Honor Society). He is also a member of: the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Foundation, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society).

Performing Resume- Available upon request

Ciriculum Vitae- Available upon request


Repertoire Performed

Opera Roles


Le Comte des Grieux
Dr. Gregg
Don Alfonso
Dr. Bartolo
The Husband
Baron Duophol

L'elisir d'amore
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Bastien and Bastienne
Cosi fan tutte
Don Giovanni
Le nozze di Figaro
Die Zauberflöte
Ariadne auf Naxos
The Wise Women
La Traviata

Gaetano Donizetti
George F. Handel
Jules Massenet
Gian Carlo Menotti
Gian Carlo Menotti
Gian Carlo Menotti
Douglas Moore
W.A. Mozart
W.A. Mozart
W.A. Mozart
W.A. Mozart
W.A. Mozart
Richard Strauss
Conrad Susa
Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

Partial Roles & Scenes

Don Pasquale
Lord Tristan
King Philip II
Hans Sachs

I puritani
Les pêcheurs de perles
Don Pasquale
La fille du régiment
Lucia di Lammermoor
Don Carlo
Abelard and Heloise
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Die Walküre

Vincenzo Bellini
Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
Gaetano Donizetti
Gaetano Donizetti
Gaetano Donizetti
Friedrich von Flotow
Charles Gounod
Giuseppe Verdi
Robert Ward
Richar Wagner
Richard Wagner
Musical Theater
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum
Stephen Sondheim
Concert Repertoire

Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Bass Soloist
Narrator (and all characters)

Cantata No. 4 "Christ lag in Todes Banden"
Cantata No. 74 "Wer mich liebet"
Cantata No. 106 "Gottes Zeit"
Cantata No. 211 "Schweigt stille" (Coffee)
Mass in C
Missa Solemnis
Symphony No. 5
Feet of Jesus
Te Deum
The Creation
Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson)
Carmina Burana
L'histoire du soldat
J.S. Bach
J.S. Bach
J.S. Bach
J.S. Bach
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
Judith Cloud
Antonin Dvorak
Gabriel Fauré
George F. Handel
Franz Joseph Haydn
Franz Joseph Haydn
Felix Mendelssohn
Carl Orff
Igor Stravinsky


Upcoming Performances and Events

October 19, 2014

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
: The Art of the Basso
(Faculty Recital) [Program]
with Ms. Delana Easley, piano
3:00 p.m. UTM Fine Arts Building, Blankenship Recital Hall
Assisted by: Dr. Amy Yeung, soprano; Darius Taylor, baritone; Aaron Hand, baritone; and the men of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia- Sigma Psi Chapter

February 15, 2015

Putting the "ME" in "Menacing": The Villains of Stage and Screen
(Faculty Recital) [Program]
with Dr. Johnathan Vest, piano
7:30 p.m. UTM Fine Arts Building, Blankenship Recital Hall
Assisted by: the men of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia- Sigma Psi Chapter





Donizetti- L'elisir d'amore (2002)

Falstaff (2008)
[ Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City with Stacey Stofferahn (Alice) and Denise Knowlton (Dame Quickly)]




Concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (2011)

Schubert- Erlkönig (2012)
[In Four Pictures]

           Narrator                                                       Father                                                           Erlkönig                                         Child


UTM Friends of Music Gala (2014)
"Stars" from Les Misérables



(For more detailed recording information, click on the track itself not the "PLAY" button. Details and performing credits can be found at SoundCloud)





~Videos ~
(Click on the title to view video)

The Music of the Night
from The Phantom of the Opera (Lloyd Webber)

The People That Walked In Darkness
from Messiah (Handel)

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
from How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Hague)





Click Title for Article)


"Reflections on a Cyber-Recital"- Featured Article (August 25, 2014)

from Education

"An Interview with Roberto Mancusi: About Vocal Music In the Schools"- Michael F. Shaughnessy (May 9, 2006)

"An Interview with Roberto Mancusi: Voice for Non-Majors"- Michael F Shaughnessy (May 14, 2008)



About... 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."
-Robert Eisele, "'Falstaff' woos and wins with charm", Kansas City Star (August 17, 2004)

"Roberto Mancusi's portrayal of the wine-guzzling Falstaff was completely engaging."
-Paul Horsley, "Imagine, Branson and Verdi side by side", Kansas City Star (August 22,2004)

About... Voice For Non-Majors

"Mancusi explains the principles of singing in a clear and straightforward manner."
-Debra Greschner, "Bookshelf", The Journal of Singing, September/October 2010, volume 76: pg. 103.



University of Tennessee at Martin Voice Area

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Here at UTM, our goal is to make you the best musician, artist, and music educator you can be. We do that through a rigorous schedule of classes, individual lessons, ensembles, performances, and most importantly, practicing. Music is a discipline. Your love for this art form carries you through the difficult times when you need to be studying or practicing even though would rather be doing something else. The time you spend practicing is the time you spend investing in your future. It is your time to progress. You see, as a music major, your day does not end simply because all of the classes are done for the day. Evening performances, ensemble/production rehearsals, and individual practicing continue often until the the building closes.

Being a music major is a committment to something greater than yourself. It is a committment to excellence. We are committed to providing you with an excellent education. We ask that you committ to striving towards excellence in your own work. If you do not feel you are able to maintain such a high standard of work, a degree in vocal music is not for you.

The Voice Faculty
Student success is our main priority. Our goal at UTM is to make sure that you successfully complete your degree in a reasonable amount of time. As such, we are always checking in with students, working with students, and talking with students to make sure that they are staying on top of their work. If you need help, our office hours are posted outside our door and our contact information is always available. In fact, in my studio, all of my students have my cell phone number. As long as it is not abused, they are free to contact me with questions, concerns, or anything else that might require my assistance. Always remember, we are here to make sure that you have all the help you could possibly need to succeed. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Auditions & Scholarships

Students who wish to specialize in vocal studies at UTM will need to schedule an audition with our voice faculty. The audition requirements are two songs in contrasting styles, preferably from the standard classical repertoire (in any language), such as opera or oratorio arias, or art-songs. Broadway musical selections and traditional spirituals are acceptable as well. All pieces should be performed from memory. An accompanist will be provided to assist you at the audition.

There are many scholarship opportunities for students entering UTM as freshman music majors. Some are participation awards for singing in one of our ensembles, others are based on high school grades, ACT score, and musical achievement (i.e. All-West, All-State). [PLEASE NOTE: A minimum score of 22 is required in order to be admitted into the education program at UTM in their junior year. It is recommended that students complete this hurdle before entering college. For music majors specifically, a higher ACT score has been shown to be a good indicator of a student's success in our program.]


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