Anthony Amato Has Died
Amato, with his wife Sally, founded the Amato Opera Theater in 1948, and for 61 years, in addition to serving as the company's leader, acted as a director, music director, prompter, vocal coach, diction coach, and sometimes performer for the group, which specialized in producing both well-known work as well as rarities. The company settled in what became its famed home, a theater on the Bowery, in 1964.
Amato's early career included performing in such works as The Vagabond King at Paper Mill Playhouse. In addition, he ran an opera workshop at the American Theater Wing. Earlier this year, his memoir The Smallest Grand Opera in the World was published by iUniverse.