Dr. Samuel Mungo has been involved in opera as a director, singer and teacher for more than 25 years, and is dedicated to fostering the growth of a true Music Theatre- combining the great music of beautifully sung opera together with complete dedication to character and truthfully created relationship.
Dr. Mungo has directed professionally across the country and around the world. His honors include Classical Performance of the Year for his Rigoletto, and Opera Production of the Year from the National Opera Association. Professional directing credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Florida Grand Opera, Suor Angelica for Opera Plovdiv, Pirates of Penzance for Colorado Light Opera, Trouble in Tahiti for the Boulder Opera Project, and Rigoletto and Il Trovatore for San Antonio Opera. A deft hand at G&S, in addition to Pirates of Penzance he has staged Mikado, HMS Pinafore and Gondoliers. His commissioned opera from Henry Mollicone and Sheldon Harnick entitled, Lady Bird: First Lady of the Land, premiered to great acclaim in 2016.
As the Director of Opera Studies at Texas State University, he has created perhaps the most comprehensive undergraduate opera training program in the country, with interdisciplinary training from professionals in the Texas State Theater Department for Acting and Theater Tech, and the Dance Department for Movement and Dance. In recent years Texas State Opera Theatre has produced Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, The Student Prince, The Turn of the Screw and Candide.
Known for his acting as much for his singing, his performing credits include Don Giovanni for Minnesota Opera, Augusta Opera and Chicago Opera Theater, Falke in Die Fledermaus for Vancouver Opera and Utah Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis as Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, Pasha in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Opera Colorado and Danilo in Merry Widow for Sacramento Opera, Opera Grand Rapids and Knoxville Opera. Making his Carnegie Hall debut with Milos Bok’s Missa Solemnis, he has sung with the St. Louis Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Utah Symphony and Orquestra Filarmonica di Lima among others in such music as Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Requiems of Mozart and Brahms, and Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette.
He received his Doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his Masters in Vocal Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory. He also holds an Artist’s Diploma from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Illinois State University.