Opera Magic Goes and Comes

June 2, 2009 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

The Amato Opera shut its doors this past weekend, and I confess to shedding a few tears at one of the final performances of this jewel of an opera company. If you had the pleasure of attending an opera at the company’s scrappy & lovable theater in the Bowery these past 60 years, then you know what a loss this is to New York and, in particular, the countless children who have gained an early and joyful exposure to an often forbidding art form. Heck, it wasn’t just children; we had relatives visit from Australia last fall and high on their list of things to do was the Amato, where we saw a wonderful performance of La Traviata. It’s these small NY memories that really stay with me, more so than had it been at the Met (also saw La Traviata there and really can’t remember much about it!).

Tony Amato

For my kids, it was the place where they first saw The Magic Flute, and because of that, they have since seen other performances of it, including the offbeat version by Ingmar Bergman on DVD. We might just continue the “tradition” by making our way over to the Gingerbread Player’s production of The Magic Flute at St. Luke’s Church this weekend. 

Magic Flute 330sm


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