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Amy Burton


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, orchestras, and at concert and cabaret venues throughout the US, Europe, UK, Japan, Mexico, and Israel. She has recorded for Bridge, Naxos, Harbinger, Albany, Angel/EMI, Soundmirror, and CRI, and garnered major prizes from the Gerda Lissner, George London, Sullivan Foundations, and the Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition. In addition to her 17 years on the Metropolitan Opera's roster, Ms. Burton was a frequent guest artist at New York City Opera, singing roles such as Susanna and the Countess in Le nozzle di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Micaëla in Carmen, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, The Governess in Turn of the Screw, as well as many of Handel's heroines. During her time at NYCO, she received the Christopher Keene Award, the Kolosvar Award, and the Diva Award. Appearing often at the Glimmerglass Festival, Opera America honored her with their first-ever Artist Advocate Award for her work with that company, its young artists, and the town of Cooperstown.


Known for her crystalline portrayals of Mozart heroines as well as French repertoire ranging from opera to chansons populaires, Ms. Burton performs throughout the USA and abroad in recital and cabaret concerts with her husband, composer-pianist John Musto. The couple have toured the US and Mexico with "Late Night with Leonard Bernstein" narrated by the composer's daughter Jamie, with acclaimed pianist Michael Boriskin. Ms. Burton has premiered and recorded several of Musto’s song cycles and has been a champion of contemporary composers such as Paul Moravec, John Corigliano, William Bolcom, Richard Danielpour, John Harbison, and others. Notable concert appearances include her debut at 92Y, Great Performances at Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, PS21, The Kennedy Center, Atelier Lardeur in Paris, a one-woman show at the Liceu Forum in Barcelona, the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky, and the modern-day premiere of Cole Porter's 1929 show, La Revue des Ambassadeurs at Town Hall with Vince Giordano and the Night Hawks.


A sought-after teacher, Ms. Burton is on the voice faculties at The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, the CUNY Graduate Center (DMA program), and SongFest, a summer festival at Pomona College. She has been a guest teacher at CLA Berkshires, The Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, McGill University, CCM, Hunter College, Ithaca College, Vassar College, among others. She continues to perform in the US and abroad, and maintains a busy private studio in New York.

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