Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
B.M.E., M.M., Illinois State University
Robert R. Mangialardi is currently Visiting Professor of music and Director of the
Opera Theatre program at Illinois Wesleyan University. Mr. Mangialardi recent opera
theater productions have included “Don Giovanni”, “Ballymore”, “The Elixir of Love”,
“and “The Medium”. Prior to beginning his career at Illinois Wesleyan University,
Mr. Mangialardi directed and taught voice for 14 years at Millikin University in Decatur,
Mr. Mangialardi has performed throughout the Midwest with companies such as the Illinois
Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Opera Theater, Sunshine Theater, Fireside Theater,
Illinois Voices Theater and The Barn Theater. Robert has also done many television
commercials for companies such as Amtrak and Black’s Hardware Company.
Mr. Mangialardi is the founder and executive director of Prairie Fire Theatre, a professional
light opera company based in Bloomington-Normal. Each year, Prairie Fire Theatre produces
one touring children’s opera, an operetta and two musicals. Productions are cast primarily
with area professionals and University students. The 2009 production of “Pinocchio”
toured 28 schools and performed for over 7000 elementary students and teachers. Prairie
Fire Theatre specializes in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and usually produces
one G&S operetta a year. Many of Prairie Fire Theatre’s productions are performed
on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Mangialardi received his Bachelor of Music Education
degree and Master of Music in vocal performance from Illinois State University and
has done doctoral work at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. His wife,
Melinda, was an administrator at Illinois State University for over 28 years. They
have three children, Nicholas, Samuel and Gabriella.