Nationally recognized as a Master Teacher in Musical Theater and Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Techniques, David has served on several university faculties including NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, CAP21 Studio; The New School University's Mannes College Prep. Division; and the State University of New York, College at Purchase and College at Newpaltz. He has been a guest teacher at Ann Reinking's Broadway Theater Project in Tampa, Florida, and has conducted vocal master-classes, Teacher Trainings and musical theater workshops at Las Vegas University, California State University (@ Fullerton), Ithaca College and LA Valley College.
He has been awarded NYSTA's Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate, having completed advanced courses in Vocal Anatomy and Physiology, Voice Acoustics and Resonance, Vocal Health for Voice Professionals, Singer's Developmental Repertoire, and Comparative Pedagogy. (these last two courses, Singer's Dev Rep and Comp Ped, are both courses that David has taught for NYSTA as well). And, he has also conducted Master-Teacher seminars on Musical Theater “Mixed Belt” and “Super Belt” techniques throughout the United States, teaching other voice teachers how to apply belt techniques safely and effectively. He is a member of AEA, SAG, and AGMA.
Performance Credits (Selected)
On Broadway: Originated the starring role of “Mary Sunshine” in the 1996 revival of CHICAGO, with Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, and Joel Grey. He returned to the Broadway company, to appear with Melanie Griffith as Roxie Hart. And, returns as needed for the Broadway and National Touring Companies. He is also appeared in workshops of Kander and Ebb's newest colaberation, The Visit, with both Angela Landsbury & Chita Rivera.
Off-Broadway: Recently starred in Kiss and Make Up at the Lucile Lortel Theater, as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. He has also appeared in an HBO reading of The Green Room, as well as Hexed in The City, Foxy, Watch Your Step, So Long 174th Street. and O'Henry's Lovers (New York Musical Theater Festival).
Other Musical and Theater credits include: A Little Night Music, Seesaw, Godspell, Merrily We Roll Along, The Gingerbread Lady, and The Lisbon Traviata.
Voiceover work: Several network television cartoon series, including Peter Pan and the Pirates for FOX and Teacher’s Pet for Disney.
In Classical Music: David has won several prestigious voice competitions including The Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, The Metropolitan Opera Eastern Regional Auditions, and The New York Oratorio Society Competition at Carnegie Hall. He starred in the title role of Giulio Cesare with Virginia Opera (available on Koch International Label), L’ incoronazione di Poppea (Utah opera), and Die Fledermaus (Lincoln Center). He has appeared numerous times at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a principal soloist in such works as the Bach B-Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Peter Schickele’s comical Three Bargain-Counter Tenors. He has toured internationally with the now legendary La Gran Scena Opera Company.
His current CDs: A full length Giulio Cesare on Koch International Label; The soundtrack to the musical CHICAGO on RCA Victor; Foxy,
Watch Your Step, A Special Place and Everybody's Getting Into The Act, (all on Original Cast Recordings).
In Media: Mr. Sabella has appeared twice on the Rosie O'Donnell Show and has been featured in national magazines such as Opera News, In Theater, Entertainment Weekly, A&U (Cover), OUT, and Next. His personal caricature was unveiledin June of 1998 and hangs in the world -famous theater restaurant, Sardi's.
Inquiries about David's Classes can be sent to David@sabellamills.com
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