Vocal Technique and Performance Coach

David Sabella

Mr. Sabella is internationally recognized as a Master Teacher in Musical Theater and Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Techniques. He served as the Executive Director of The Broadway Theatre Project as well as the President of NYSTA The New York Singing Teachers' Association. And has served on the Musical Theater voice faculty at Montclair State University, Fordham University, as well as NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, CAP21 Studio; The New School University's Mannes College Prep. Division; the State University of New York, College at Purchase and College at Newpaltz.

Additionally, he has been a faculty member, author, and workshop presenter at The Voice Foundation's annual symposium, and has conducted master-classes, faculty training workshops, and musical theater pedagogy seminars throughout the contiguous United States, Alaska, and Sounth America. Mr. Sabella is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, and presented a masterclass, "Beyond Belt - Acoustis and Mechanics of the Contemporary Commercial Belt," at the 52nd NATS Conference (2012). 

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 Mr. Sabella has taught for NYSTA as well). 

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 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: The Phillie Trilogy (Winner - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play, Fresh Fruit Festival 2017). Jules - (the life of Julian Eltinge) Laurie Beechman Theater, October, 2012. La Tea Theater 2014. Other Off-Bway credits include Kiss and Make Up at the Lucile Lortel Theater, as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, the 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). Regional credits include: A Little Night Music, Seesaw, Godspell, Merrily We Roll Along, The Gingerbread Lady, and The Lisbon Traviata.

Voiceover: 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.

Discography: 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 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. After the phenominal success of CHICAGO, David's personal caricature was unveiled (June 1998) and hangs in the world-famous theater restaurant, Sardi's.

 In 1995 David Sabella-Mills was named a winner in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. During his final audition Mr. Sabella-Mills made history when Maestro Pavarotti stopped him in the middle of his aria (Cara Sposa, from Handel's Rinaldo) and declared him an instant winner with these immortal words:

"David... you have prepared this aria very well. You will sing this aria very beautifully on the winner's concert like you are doing now. I don't have to hear to the end. This is excellent, not good, excellent!"  Luciano Pavarotti

  “…could teach less practiced colleagues a bit about passion and vocal control.”
 Edward Rothstein, New York Times

“Sabella gives a refined, superior performance.”
Ben Brantley,
New York Times

In several roles throughout the evening… “David Sabella was a chameleon like presence.”
 Bernard Holland, New York Times


"His multi-octave tenor achieves incredible majesty on sustained notes, with a delicate vibrato and disciplined modulations that testify to his  technical excellence."
John Hoglund, Backstage - Bistro Bits


"Sabella smoothly modulates his voice to suit the mood and style of the music at hand. His musicianship, like that of his excellent musical director Mark Hartman, is never in question. Their taste is always above reproach."
David Hurst, Show Business Weekly

…he emerges as an attractive performer with undeniable stage presence. This performer is a risk taker, and that fact lends an air of excitement to his show. By way of example, he takes a chance with an arrangement of "No Moon at All" (Evans/Mann) that is in direct opposition to the way the song is usually performed. And what a revelation! Quiet, delicate, introspective, the song takes on a wondrous new life. …keeps the audience alive with anticipation for each new number, curious and anxious to know what surprise awaits them around the next musical bend. …the show is carefully thought-out and well crafted. There is a sheen to this act that one doesn't always find in the clubs around town. Barbara and Scott Siegel, Theater Mania.com 

Mr. Sabella has always been an accomplished singer, Broadway and opera star, who is a pleasure to hear, but in this show, he proves himself to be a deft comedian with a mordant wit, wry perspective and that all-important perfect timing.   …fully emerging as a charming leading man with a sense of humor and a marvelous vocal facility-in all ranges. The songs showcase Mr. Sabella’s incredibly strong singing and his acting skill. Like Sutton Foster, the star of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mr. Sabella is one of those rare singers who can take you into the heart of a song, simply and unselfconsciously, allowing the music and the lyrics to work their magic. Mr. Sabella consistently hits his emotional marks in ways that will surprise and move you. …a richly conceived evening that is a real delight and part of the vanguard of extraordinary cabaret performance. Chris Byrne, Gay City News
"In the title role (Giulio Cesare), Sabella displayed a pleasing, golden-hued voice and a strong stage presence." Sorab Modi, Opera News
"His coloratura had a liquid flexibility, and he gave thoughtful dynamic shaping to his lines. His emotional approach to the role was particularly suited to the tomb scene in which he mourned the death of Pompey." Lee Tepley, Virginian Pilot 
"I must single out a special role...David Sabella proved to be a real spirit as the acerbic Prince Orlofsky." Burt Saidel, Dayton Register

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