Mask is off, songs from WWII are on

By Julie Bayon February 06, 2014 04:25 pm

Franc D’Ambrosio presents “I’ll Be Seeing Youz ... A Bronx Boy’s Perspective of World War II,” on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Crescent Elk.
Franc D’Ambrosio presents “I’ll Be Seeing Youz ... A Bronx Boy’s Perspective of World War II,” on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Crescent Elk. Submitted
Franc D’Ambrosio was for many years the singing “Phantom” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. On Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. D’Ambrosio will sing at the Crescent Elk Auditorium as the third performance in the Del Norte-Curry Community Concert Association’s 2013-14 season. D’Ambrosio will present a program entitled “I’ll Be Seeing Youz ... A Bronx Boy’s Musical Perspective of World War II,” featuring stories from his colorful family and popular war songs from 1939–1946. He will also perform his signature piece: “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. 

Perhaps best known for his long-running performances as the “Phantom,” D’Ambrosio’s resume also includes being cast as the opera singing son of Al Pacino in Francis Ford Coppola’s seven-time Academy Award-nominated film Godfather III. In addition to starring in the film, D’Ambrosio had the honor of singing the Academy Award-winning theme song, “Speak Softly Love,” both in the film and on the soundtrack that accompanied the film. This performance of the award-winning song so impressed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation — which was quickly accepted — for D’Ambrosio to study with the legendary tenor at his home in Italy.

D’Ambrosio was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running “Phantom.”
D’Ambrosio was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running “Phantom.” Submitted
Barry Manilow also recognized D’Ambrosio’s extraordinary talent by personally selecting him to star as the male lead, “Tony,” in the pre-Broadway tour of “Copacabana,” which enjoyed a successful year-long tour. 

Between 2004 and 2011, D’Ambrosio wrote and performed three different collections of songs that toured very successfully through the U.S., Europe, and South America. During the same time period, D’Ambrosio also performed as a special musical guest on “Brian Boitano’s Skating Spectacular” and the critically acclaimed “Broadway on Ice.”

D’Ambrosio is also a welcome and frequent guest artist with many major symphony orchestras in America and Europe (Pop Series). With the success of D’Ambrosio’s national and international tours, he has joined the ranks of the famed Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as only a handful of Phantom alumni to successfully cross over to solo careers.

D’Ambrosio’s passion for teaching his craft to young artists leads him to Italy each summer, where he lectures for the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in Spoletto, Italy. He also works with the Cherubini Music Conservatory in Florence, Italy and American University in Washington, D.C. D’Ambrosio participates in numerous lecture series for such prestigious institutions as the New Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York City. 

While touring the country, D’Ambrosio makes himself available to local school outreach programs across the U.S. and Europe. On the Monday following the concert, D’Ambrosio will present an outreach program to Crescent City area schoolchildren, made possible by the support of Community Concerts patrons and members.