Thursday, December 15, 2011
Anthony Amato, the founder and artistic director of the Amato Opera, died on Tuesday. He was 91. According to The New York Times, he had been battling cancer.
Founded in 1948 by Tony and Sally Amato (she died in 2000), the Opera has called 319 Bowery home since 1964. The Amato Opera closed in May 2009.
The building remains on the market at 319 Bowery. Plans for a "bar/restaurant/theater experience" never materialized. The asking price is $6.5 million. Per the listing: "The neighborhood is now lined with luxury hotels, fashionable restaurants and stylish fashion stores. Bring your architect and your imagination."
For further reading:
Amato Opera (Jeremiah's Vanishing NY)
Life after the Amato Opera
Costume drama on the Bowery as the Amato Opera empties out
Ruin of the Bowery nearly complete: Last season for the Amato Opera
Go inside the Amato Opera here.