Biography

 

Franc D’Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Franc has been recognized as the world’s longest-running Phantom, and is affectionately known as the “Iron Man of the Mask.”

Franc’s resume also includes an Academy Award nominated film where he played the opera-singing son of Al Pacino and Diane Keaton in the seven-time Academy Award nominated film, Godfather III. He also sang the Academy Award winning theme song of the movie, Speak Softly Love, for both the film and the soundtrack. His performances of the theme song have garnered over one million hits on YouTube.

This performance of the award winning song so impressed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation - which was quickly accepted - for him to study with the legendary tenor, for a summer,;at his home in Italy. In August 2007 Franc was happy to reconnect with some of the Godfather III alumni at a special screening of the film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as part of their film series "Great To Be Nominated".

D'Ambrosio next caught the eye of Barry Manilow. In early 2000, Manilow personally selected him to create and star as the male lead, "Tony", in the pre-Broadway tour of Copacabana.

Franc has toured his one-man shows nationally and internationally for 13 years, releasing three solo CDs. Franc can also be seen touring the world with the Four Phantoms.