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AMY BURTON  - BIO APRIL 23, 2012

 

 

Praised by the New York Times for her “lustrous” and “vocally gleaming” performances, soprano Amy Burton is one of New York’s most notable singers.  She enjoys a diverse musical life which encompasses opera, concerts and cabaret throughout the US and Europe.  

At the Metropolitan Opera and as one of NYCO’s leading sopranos in over a dozen productions, she has collaborated with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including Yves Abel, Harry Bicket, Christophe Eschenbach, Jane Glover, Christopher Hogwood, Raymond Leppard, Nicholas McGeegan, Seiji Ozawa, and Robert Spano.  Honored in 2006 with the first-ever Artists Advocate Award from Opera America, three awards from New York City Opera, including the 2005 Diva Award, Ms. Burton was a the Silver Medalist in the 1995 Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition and a winner of the George London Foundation awards and the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition.

Known for her expertise in French repertoire, including opera, operette and mélodies, Ms. Burton has performed Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Opernhaus Zürich, Thérese in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias (L’Opéra Français de New York, Saito Kinen Festival, Japan), L’amour and La Folie in Rameau’s Platée with Mark Morris Dance Company and New York City Opera, Concepcion in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole, Elle in Poulenc’s La dâme de Monte Carlo and also in his La Voix Humaine (Glimmerglass Opera), Elle in Messager’s L’amour masqué (New York Festival of Song), and a one-woman show: Yvonne Printemps: A diva unveiled (Une diva mise en nue) (New York and Barcelona).  She is equally passionate about the serious and popular music written in the 1920s in both Paris and New York, and frequently performs them together in both recitals and cabaret.

Career highlights include operas and concerts in Zürich, Bern, Nice, Paris, Barcelona, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Wexford (Ireland), Tokyo, Rome, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as well as with American opera companies and orchestras in San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington, among others.  Amy Burton has been invited to sing at the  White House , a performance that was broadcast nationally.

A champion of new music, Ms. Burton has performed works by American composers such as  John Musto , John Corigliano, Derek Bermel and William Bolcom, and premiered pieces by Musto, Paul Moravec, Lee Hoiby, John Harbison, and Richard Danielpour. Last season, she sang the part of Winnie in the World Premiere of Michael Dellaira’s The Secret Agent with the Center for Contemporary Opera.  Upcoming events include a return to New York's Cafe Sabarsky for a cabaret show of music from Paris and New York. Next season Ms. Burton will appear in concerts of Vita Brevis by Paul Moravec with Trio Solisti and music of Leonard Bernstein with Music From Copland House, and will see the release of a new recording for Bridge Records of songs of Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin and other masters of the American Songbook with baritone Patrick Mason and composer-pianist John Musto at the keyboard.

Ms. Burton’s frequent collaborations with  John Musto  include concerts at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, Cafe Sabarsky, Glimmerglass Opera's Cabaret series and in various cities throughout the United States, where they are often in demand for master classes.  In March, 2009, they performed two sold-out evenings at the Foyer in Barcelona’s Liceu Opera House, and a recent concert of Musto’s music for the Van Cliburn Foundation was voted one of the Top Ten Musical events of 2010.   Amy Burton has been the muse for many of John Musto’s works, including Quiet Songs, recently recorded for Bridge Records, and released in March 2009.  Other recent recordings include Paul Moravec's Useful Knowledge for Naxos (with Trio Solisti), Souvenir de Printemps (Harbinger, with Yvel Abel and Musto at the pianos), Fond Affection, (CRI), songs of Ernst Bacon, Gershwin's one-act jazz opera, Blue Monday (with Marin Alsop, Angel/EMI) and Richard Wilson's Persuasions (Albany).  A graduate of Northwestern University, Ms. Burton lives in New York with Mr. Musto and their son, Joshua, a guitarist, and is on the Voice Faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center and Mannes College of Music in New York and at Songfest at Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.  

 

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marta - 13 Nov 2012
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