For 61 seasons, singers have taken to the tiny stage at the Amato Opera Company in Lower Manhattan, delighting audiences with a surprisingly big sound and an even bigger passion for music. But all of that is about to come to an end. Earlier this year, 88-year-old Tony Amato announced he’s ready to retire and close the institution that bears his name.
Monday on the NewsHour Ray Suarez reports on the shuttering of this New York opera institution.
Below are an extended interview with Tony Amato and a scene of his opera company performing “Musetta’s Waltz” from “La Boheme.”
Much more about the Amato Opera can be found here at PBS.org