AMATO OPERA in NYC is back. After Maestro Tony Amato’s retirement in 2009 after 61 years at the helm and with the final performance of The Marriage of Figaro last May, the Amato Opera Company was reborn
as the Amore Opera Company. Its first performance was La Boheme set in the Connelly Opera House at 220 East 4th Street in NYC last December. Its new president, Nathan Hull said that “with the deepest depression on record, what did we do? We started an opera company.”
Today’s performance at Baruch College presented 15 of the greatest operas from the Italian, German, and English repertoires. Maestro Amato said at the intermission that the cast was “very inspiring; entertaining a great variety for the ( new ) company.
It shows that they ( performers ).
have great background.” Mr. Amato closed the afternoon with a favorite Neopolitan love song- Marecchiare. It was a tribute to his late wife, Sally who worked with him for 41 years.
Today’s program was led by Conductor Simeon Loring. A cast of more than 40 singers led the afternoon’s recital. Of particular note was the selection from Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Iris Karlin as Zerlina and Charles Sanford as Don Giovanni in the lead roles. Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Diviglia was another finely orchestrated production as was the finale from Gounod’s Faust.
In 2010 the new company is presenting The Merry Widow, The
Magic Flute and The Mikado through May.
For more info on the season ahead dial 1-866-811. 4111 or www.amoreopera.org.
As reported by Michael