Experience the brilliant melodies of a seasoned tenor during a romantic autumn evening. Join Michael Amante, renowned classical singer, as he and his band spend the evening performing Italian songs, pop love standards, your classical favorites, and original songs at the College of Staten Island’s Center for the Arts (CFA).
Amante will capture the soul of pure romance and melt the hearts of his audience. This musical master has been hailed as “the next Mario Lanza” by Tony Bennett and “the 4th tenor” by Regis Philbin.
Michael Amante and company’s performance will be on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:00pm in the CFA’s Springer Concert Hall. Tickets are $30, $35, and $40 and can be purchased in person, by phone, by mail, and online through the CFA Box Office, 2800 Victory Boulevard, 1P-113, Staten Island. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm; Saturday, noon to 3:00pm; 718.982.ARTS (2787).
Michael Amante is affectionately known as the “People’s Tenor.” He has been crowned the “Prince of High Cs” for his remarkable ability to hit and sustain one of the highest notes a tenor can. With that, in combination with romantic charm and emotionally charged singing, Michael has wowed audiences everywhere, including PBS Television for which he received an Emmy nomination.
Once cognizant of his versatility as a vocalist who is equally at home and powerfully persuasive in classical opera, pop, rock, gospel, jazz, and Broadway styles; it may be that listeners are responding less to technical virtuosity than to the near-palpable soul emerging from Michael’s every sung note. As Amante puts it, “Love must be a vital part of who we are and how we view life. It colors our worldview, and it is the greatest of the gifts we receive and the most precious gift we can give those around us.”
Growing up as one of five children in an Italian American family in Syracuse, NY, Michael Amante knew from early childhood that he wanted to be a singer. It was from his father that he would learn his love of classical composers as well as a strong sense of pride in his American heritage. His first performances ranged from the choirs at his church and Catholic school to local rock bands where his tenor voice helped him sing covers of Kansas, Foreigner, and Journey songs. After years of training, that diverse background still shows through in his light, clear voice that is suitable both for operatic roles and for the leads that he has played in shows like West Side Story, Grease, and Jesus Christ Superstar. His broad range helped earn him a job singing the National Anthem for the Mets during their 2000 playoff season and also served him on his self-titled debut album, which was released by Medalist in the summer of 2001.