- Bachelor of Music, Oberlin College (1985)
- Master of Music, Juilliard School (1987)
- Additional study at the University of Indiana, Britten-Pears School, Mozarteum
Salvatore Champagne's singing career began in 1988 when he was chosen to be the tenor soloist in a European tour of Leonard Bernstein's Songfest conducted by the composer. Immediately thereafter, he joined the ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Germany, appearing in a wide range of leading tenor roles. For the next ten years he was engaged as guest artist in many of Europe’s finest opera houses and concert halls.
Champagne’s singing has been recognized with numerous awards, including prizes at the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition and the International Singing Competition s’Hertogenbosch, as well as grants from MUSICA, the Sullivan Foundation, and the National Institute for Musical Theater.
He is a much-sought-after voice instructor and appears throughout the country giving master classes and seminars. Champagne’s students have won many prestigious competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Council auditions, and appear regularly with premiere performing organizations throughout the United States and abroad.