Affectionately known as, “the People’s Tenor” Michael Amante continues to be celebrated by audiences and critics alike around the world. Michael’s artistic and musical endeavors began at the early age of six where the sisters of St. Ann’s Catholic School in his hometown of Syracuse, New York recognized his natural talents. They encouraged him to participate in National Scholastic Awards where he received gold medals and high honors. Later he began his collegiate studies at Syracuse University and ultimately finishing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and graduating Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Oswego, transferring there for their adjunct program in Altomonte, Italy.
It was during this period that he worked as a crisis intervention counselor and teaching assistant for Syracuse City School District, a tenured position he held for over 11 years.
Shortly after returning to the United States, he relocated to New York City where he was hired to join the graphics and design depart- ment at Ernst & Young, LLP as a senior graphic designer and remained there for nearly 7 years.
In 2001, Michael’s musical abilities secured him a recording contract with RCA/Victor and Medalist Records. His first recording landed him in Billboard Magazine as the #1 classical artist in the US. He has since completed seven major recording projects. He has received training to sing in 6 languages. His reputation as an entertainer grew and he became the subject of a nationally aired and distributed PBS special titled with his name. He toured the country promoting his music and public television special.
His stage appearances include leading roles in West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Lil Abner, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and La Bohéme as well as Cavaleria Rusticana. Recently he portrayed the lead role in the musical “Chess” for which he received outstanding reviews. His live concerts with some of the nation’s best symphonies include music from The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Italian classics and songs from treasured American composers. He has showcased his talents in front of a myriad of A-list celebrities, four US Presidents and Pope John Paul II.
On a larger scale he has appeared in front of capacity crowds of over 80,000 at Giant’s Stadium as well as numerous sports venues including Madison Square Garden, CitiField, Camden Yards, Foxboro Stadium and Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City. His sold-out venues include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Heinz Hall and the nation’s top performing arts centers, renowned casinos, cultural and religious foundations and luxury resorts including Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Ceasars Palace, Trump Plaza, The Hard Rock Cafe, the Rotunda of the US Capital, The United Nations Building, Crystal Cathedral, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
As an artist, Michael’s work can best be described as a “labor of love” aimed at preserving and protecting the beauty of animals and nature.
This desire came naturally and started while Michael was a young child. Not only did he sing around the house but spent hours drawing pictures of animals and comic book characters. He also wanted to be a vet but was allergic to cats.
Michael went on to study fine arts and continued painting, sculpting, illustration, graphic design and photography even after his musical career took off. However, there was a natural leaning towards photography and graphic design. His love for animals and nature resulted in him producing his majestic collection of photographs and illustrations.