Amore Opera is a 501(c)(3) non-profit all volunteer organization dedicated to producing high-quality opera in intimate settings and cultivating the next generation of opera aficionados.
Amore Opera was founded by a group of singers and instrumentalists from the famed Amato Opera.
Meet the leadership
Ying-Chi Connie I
Managing Director / Treasurer
On August 10th, 2020, Connie was foisted into the top management position at the Amore Opera upon the untimely death of Amore's previous Artistic Director, Nathan Hull. Connie was Nathan's life partner of more than 20+ years. Since Amore's inaugural year, she has had a front-row seat to Nathan's every struggle to develop Amore into a treasured NYC artistic institution. Sunsetting Amore was not something Connie was willing to do. Connie is grateful to anyone and everyone who believed in her and got involved in her first opera production. Nathan's legacy was never the goal - It has always been about the community he has built and his commitment to the next generation’s music education. Also, in Connie's view, continuing Amore is just Connie's way of caring for Nathan. Please consider becoming a monthly contributor at https://www.amoreopera.org/donate
A native Israeli, Iris is an internationally acclaimed soprano, musician, and actress. She is praised for her rare combination of stage presence and musicianship from critics and conductors alike. All of which pales in comparison to the work she's done at Amore Opera where she served as a talent scout, casting director, assistant director, conductor for children productions, and in general, served as our president Nathan Hull's left arm. She was also our costume designer for several productions, notably putting together the bright palette costumes for our US premiere of Schikaneders' Das Labyrinth. Iris has a Master's degree from Haifa University, Israel. She also plays piano & Flute, teaches, conducts & composes.
Artistic Director, President (2009-2020)
The founding member of Amore Opera is the mastermind behind our professional yet intimate productions at Amore Opera. Nathan was the face of Amore Opera, but many do not know that he was a man who wore many hats; he personally oversaw/directed/produced any and all of our productions and projects. Nathan was our chief fundraiser and the driving force behind Amore Opera.
Under his leadership, this company over these last 11 years has slowly built a reputation for staging high-quality opera, and bringing long-lost works back to life with many US premieres, starting with Mercadante's I Due Figaro, and most recently with Meyerbeer's Dinorah.
Throughout his career, Nathan has directed shows for many companies including Amato Opera, Village Light Opera Group, and Actors Opera. Nathan has also directed and sung in most of the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire and regularly lectures on opera and operetta. Nathan's adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Scrooge & Gilbert & Sullivan has been performed by theater groups around the country, including Amore Opera. This classic tale set to the Gilbert & Sullivan canon has always sold-out at every performance at Amore and is fast becoming a holiday tradition.
Sadly Nathan passed away on August 10th 2020. He is deeply missed by the Amore Opera family, and we are determined to carry on his passion for opera.
Join the team
We're always looking for volunteers
who are passionate about opera.
Please contact us below and let us know your skillset and we'll contact you when we stage our next production.