To expand MSM's opera outreach programming, the School has partnered with Anthony Amato and the Amato Opera to establish the new Sally and Anthony Amato Program.
Over the course of more than 60 years, the Amato Opera made great opera accessible to the New York City public. Anthony Amato — as maestro, producer, educator, non-profit entrepreneur, and innovator — stood at the helm of the company as its artistic leader and social conscience. Throughout his distinguished career, his aim has been to educate new generations of audiences who would become ardent opera enthusiasts. His educational strategies engaged audiences by producing abridged operas with period costumes, light staging, and props, and by providing narrators who supply the story thread and explain historical context and detail.
Maestro Amato has begun to work with Manhattan School of Music’s current young singers, conductors, pianists, and directors to perform his Operas-in-Brief in New York City public schools. Prior to the Opera-in-Brief performances, Manhattan School of Music student performers will introduce school children to the basic elements and vocabulary of opera through interactive presentations. Outreach partners will receive the Opera-in-Brief performances, and participants will also be invited to special performances at Manhattan School of Music for children and families.
Goals of the Amato Collaboration
The primary goals of the program are
Core to the Program is the training of young singers — as well as pianists and conductors — over the course of a fourteen-week semester in preparation for key operatic roles and afford them opportunities to perform. The course will encompass Mr. Amato’s program as follows:
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