The Smallest Grand Opera in the World

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iUniverse, Aug 30, 2011 - Music - 264 pages
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“The Amato Opera Company has delighted music lovers throughout the years, establishing an extraordinary artistic tradition in New York City.”

-- Bill Clinton

“The Amato Opera theatre is a truly extraordinary New York cultural institution and it is a priceless addition to our great City’s music industry.”

-- Rudolph W. Giuliani

Author Anthony (Tony) Amato produced full-staged grand opera in New York City for 61 years. Now Tony tells his story—from his earliest childhood in Minori, Italy; immigration to the U.S.; his early career in restaurant kitchens and as a butcher; and the courtship of his beloved wife Sally when they were both young, working singers. The book goes on to describe how Tony and Sally created The Smallest Grand Opera in the World, gaining international critical acclaim in the process.

The Smallest Grand Opera in the World is a story of the extraordinary will and effort of two people in an uncommon marriage and partnership. It is a joyous story in which Tony willingly shares the secrets of why The Amato Opera was a success. It is a how-to book for the aspiring theatre professional as well as an inspiration for all who have ever dreamed of being a part of the miraculous world of opera.


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The Early Days
Building an Opera Company
Vacation Time the Bleeker Street Theatre
The Beginning and End of the Professional Company 1959 1963
Amato Opera on the Bowery 19632009
A Day at the Opera
New Projects
The End of an EraAnd Looking Forward
Why It All Worked
Appendix 1
Appendix 2

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