Professor of Professional Practice
With a voice the New York Times has called, “luminous” and “lustrous”, versatile soprano Amy Burton enjoys an eclectic career of opera, concert, and cabaret. She has sung at the White House, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and with major orchestras and opera companies throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and Israel.
A frequent interpreter of 20th and 21st-Century music, she has premiered pieces by many contemporary composers, including John Musto, Paul Moravec, Lee Hoiby, John Harbison, and Richard Danielpour, to name a few. Specializing in French vocal music of the 1920s and 30s, Ms. Burton has performed both art songs and popular music of this era internationally. Her critically acclaimed recording with Yves Abel and John Musto, Souvenir de Printemps (Harbinger), was the result of a one-woman show based on the life of French singer Yvonne Printemps, which was performed in New York and at the Liceu in Barcelona. Other recordings include Gershwin’s Blue Monday with Marin Alsop (Angel/EMI), Paul Moravec’s Useful Knowledge (Naxos), Michael Dellaria’s opera The Secret Agent, Fond Affection (Songs of Ernst Bacon, CRI), The Opera America Songbook (Opera America), Richard Wilson’s Persuasions (Albany), Songs of John Musto (Bridge), and Got a Little Rhythm (Bridge).
In cabaret and recital, Amy Burton performs frequently with her husband, composer-pianist John Musto.The duo are regulars at the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky, and appear frequently in New York. They have been heard on Lincoln Center’s Great Performer Series, at the Kennedy Center, The National Arts Club, Washington Museum for Women in the Arts, Joe’s Pub, Barcelona’s Liceu, The Glimmerglass Festival, and this year will appear in Late Night with Leonard Bernstein (with the composer’s daughter Jamie Bernstein and pianist Michael Boriskin) in gala concerts for the New York Philharmonic and Music from Copland House, as well as in venues throughout the US.
Ms. Burton played a role in the resurrection of a Cole Porter 1928 musical, The Ambassador Revue (La Revue des Ambassadeurs), which she performed with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at Town Hall in New York (2014) and with Orchestra Pasdeloup in Paris (2012). She has recorded for Bridge Records, Naxos, Harbinger, Albany, Angel/EMI, Opera America, and CRI.
A sought-after teacher, Ms. Burton is on the voice faculty at Mannes College of Music and the CUNY Graduate Center DMA program. Her students can be seen and heard on international opera stages and have received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Gerda Lissner Foundation, George London Foundation, Conlon-Ziering Prize, Kosciuszko Foundation, Clermont-Ferrand Competition, and the Schmidt Competition, among others.
In addition to Mannes, Ms. Burton is on faculty at SongFest at Colburn, has taught at Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland, and at the Manhattan School of Music (French Vocal Literature). She is in demand for master classes and residencies and maintains a busy private voice studio in New York City.
Artist Council, New York Festival of Song, Artist Advisory Board, Glimmerglass Opera
Awards: Gerda Lissner Foundation, George London Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Silver Medal in the Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition
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