Samuel Mungo is the Director of Opera Studies and Coordinator of the Voice Area at Texas State University. He has been involved in opera as a director, singer and teacher for more than 20 years, and comes to Texas State with the dedication to foster 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.
In recent years at Texas State Dr. Mungo has directed productions of Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, The Turn of the Screw and Candide. Professionally directing credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Florida Grand Opera, Pirates of Penzance for Colorado Light Opera, Trouble in Tahiti for the Boulder Opera Project, Rigoletto and Il Trovatore for San Antonio Opera. He is honored to direct the World Premiere of Bruce Trinkley’s St. Thomas the Carpenter for the National Opera Association in 2011.
As a singer, he has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout North America and around the world. Performing credits include Don Giovanni for Minnesota Opera and Chicago Opera Theater, Vancouver Opera as Falke in Die Fledermaus, Opera Theater of St. Louis as Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, 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. He will reprise one of his favorite roles when he sings Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore for San Antonio Opera in 2011.
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 from Illinois State University.
In addition to Texas State and his private studio, Dr. Mungo has been on the faculty of The Actor’s Studio Drama School, New York University, University of Colorado at Boulder and the New School University.