School of Music

Angela Libertella Calabrese


Angela has performed with Finger Lakes Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Brevard Music Festival, V.O.I.C.E Experience at Epcot Center, Empire Lyric Theater, Mercury Opera, Oswego Opera and American Landmarks Festival. Some of her favorite roles include Gianetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Kate in Pirates of Penzance, Norina in Don Pasquale and Amor in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Angelina in Trial by Jury, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Despina in Così fan Tutte, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Ida in Die Fledermaus, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica. Angela has performed as a soloist with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared with the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus and the Finger Lakes Chorale in works such as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah and Solomon, and Haydn’s Creation. In 2011, she premiered Mark Olivieri’s Expulsions on poetry by James McCorkle at the 175th Anniversary of SUNY Brockport. Angela performed the U.S. premiere of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Te Deum with Finger Lakes Chorale.

A first prize winner in the Chicago Italian Cultural Center Voice Competition, Angela has also been a finalist in the Friends of Austria Lieder Competition, Chicago Bel Canto Competition and received an Honorable Mention from the American Society of Musicians.

Angela is a graduate of Nazareth College who recently joined the faculty. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Piano Studies where she studied with Joan Floriano and Dr. Beverly Smoker. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Elizabeth Fischer and Sherrill Milnes.

Angela is a voice instructor at Finger Lakes Community College and formerly at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She teaches Italian music, drama and folk dance as part of an Italian language and arts day camp for children, at Nazareth College. She resides in Geneva with her husband, percussionist Anthony Calabrese and daughter, ‘Dramatic Soprano’ Francesca.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Applied voice


  • Northwestern University, M.M.
  • Nazareth College, B.M.