Biography

Pamina at Sarasota Opera

Soprano Maria D’Amato’s voice was described recently by Opera News as “beautifully floated” and “a gem” as Desdemona in this season’s Otello with the Sarasota Opera. She performed Mimì in Sarasota’s La Bohéme last season after her successful debut in the role with Dicapo Opera Theatre in New York City. Recent roles include Pamina in Sarasota Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte, Thibault in Don Carlos and Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other roles include Despina in Così fan tutte, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, both performed with the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program; Nannetta in Falstaff, and Poppea and Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, all with Opera North, New Hampshire. Ms. D’Amato holds a B.M. from Boston University and an M.M. from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she sang Despina (for which she won CCM’s Sam Adams Award for best operatic performance), Sarah Good in The Crucible, and Molly Picon in the world premiere of Joel Hoffman’s Memory Game.

Equally at home on the concert stage, she debuted with the Seattle Symphony under Maestro Gerard Schwarz as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. She was a soloist in Bach’s B-minor mass and Mozart’s C-Minor mass in Cincinnati, and was a soloist in Carmina Burana with both the North Arkansas Symphony and the Eugene Ballet. She was the soprano soloist with the Artist Series of Sarasota in their Golden Age of Operetta concerts and most recently sang the soprano I solos in Mendelssohn’s Lobegsang with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Awards include Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation grants and appearances in concert at Alice Tully and Rose Halls, Giulio Gari Foundation grants, and the Lendon Todd Munday Encouragement Award from the Jensen Foundation.