"Amato Opera" - lithograf by Paul Osenbaugh

The Amato Opera Theatre, New York City

The Amato Opera, located in the heart of New York's East Village, is celebrating its 52th anniversary season, making it one of the oldest continuing arts organizations in the United States. The company will open this season with Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, followed by a new production of Bizet's CARMEN. The holiday season production will be DIE FLEDERMAUS (in English), followed by another new production, this time of Massnet's MANON. Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY is next, with Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (in English) rounding out the season.

Throughout its more than five decades of existence, The Amato Opera has been a fixture of New York's artistic scene. Countless artists who are now on the rosters of the "great" houses -- The Metropolitan, New York City Opera, La Scala, etc.-- got their first exposure to audiences at the Amato. Under the guidance of artistic director Anthony Amato, the company has produced full productions of over 50 operas of the standard repertoire, as well as many world- and American premieres of lesser known works.

Located on the corner of Bowery and 2nd Street in New York's East Village, the theatre seats 103, with a balcony. All seats are excellent for acoustics and sightlines. In this uniquely intimate setting, opera takes on a new, almost tactile, dimension. All seats are reserved, with ticket prices averaging $22. Senior and student discounts are offered.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the website at http://www.amato.org/

For reservations or information, please call 212-228-8200, or write E-mail to blr@pipeline.com.

Richard Leighton (blr@pipeline.com)