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Biography

With a voice the New York Times has called, “luminous” and “lustrous,” versatile soprano Amy Burton has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, at the White House, and with major opera companies and orchestras throughout the US, Europe, UK, Japan and Israel, as well as on recital and cabaret stages from New York to Barcelona. A frequent interpreter of 20th and 21st-Century music, she has premiered pieces by John Musto, Paul Moravec, Lee Hoiby, John Harbison, Richard Festinger, and Richard Danielpour, to name a few. Also specializing in French vocal music of the 1920s and 30s, Ms. Burton has performed both mélodies and chansons populaires throughout the US and Europe, and recorded a critically acclaimed CD with conductor Yves Abel, Souvenir de Printemps.

Recent projects include the modern-day premiere of Cole Porter's rediscovered 1928 musical, The Ambassador Revue (La Revue des Ambassadeurs), in both Paris (2012) and New York (2014), the New York premiere of John Musto’s Scottish Songs, and the world premiere of Sarah’s Song for the AIDS Quilt Songbook and Summer Stars for the Opera America Songbook and recording, also by Musto. Ms. Burton also performed the world premiere and the recording of Michael Dellaira’s opera The Secret Agent.

Amy Burton’s frequent collaborations with composer-pianist John Musto include recitals, cabaret evenings and residencies. Their recent recording for Bridge Records, Got a Little Rhythm, a collection of songs and duets from the Great American Songbook (with baritone Patrick Mason), has garnered rave reviews. Amy Burton has previously recorded for Bridge, Naxos, Harbinger, Albany, Angel/EMI, and CRI.

A sought-after teacher, Ms. Burton is Professor of Voice at the Mannes College of Music and the CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral program, and is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and SongFest: The Complete Recitalist at Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. She maintains a private voice studio in New York City and is in demand for master classes and residencies throughout the United States.

Amy Burton has won awards from the Gerda Lissner, George London, and Sullivan Foundations, and was the Silver Medalist in the 1995 Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition. New York City Opera, with whom she was a soprano for twelve seasons, honored her with the Christopher Keene Award, the Kolosvar Award, and the Diva Award. She is proud to be an active member of the Glimmerglass Opera Artist Advisory Board, New York Festival of Song's Artist Council, and Opera America, which honored her with their first Artist Advocate Award.

 

Updated September 2015.