Thursday, January 17, 2008
The Amato Opera with its 107 seats is the world's smallest opera house and a gem that even some New Yorkers have never heard about. It is situated on the Bowery - two doors up from the now vanished rock club CBGB and near the New Museum of Contemporary Art - an area on the Lower East Side where modernization and the building of luxurious condominiums and stores threatens the old way of life.
Founder and director Anthony Amato (87, above during rehearsal) refuses to sell his house, which has accommodated the opera for the past 60 years, to developers.
I shot the story for the German weekly DIE ZEIT, it was written by Kerstin Kohlenberg. Read the article here
Amato Opera Opera Music Bowery Lower East Side New+York Stefan Falke