Serafina Bellantone was born on 27 September 1917 in The Bronx, NewYork, USA. She met her future husband, Tony Amato, while performing ina musical comedy production at the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey. They were married in 1945. In 1948, Sally and Tony opened the AmatoOpera Theater in the basement of Our Lady of Pompeii Church inGreenwich Village.
They later moved to 159 Bleecker Street where theydeveloped one of the first off-Broadway theater companies. In 1963, theAmato Opera Theater moved to 319 Bowery Street where they are stillcurrently based. Tony Amato continues to work as Artistic Director. Sally and Tony Amato received many accolades during their fifty-twoyears working in theater. They were inducted into the City Lore'sPeoples' Hall of Fame and received commendations from the AmericanCultural Roundtable and the Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee.
They were also the subject of a PBS documentary, "Amato: A Love AffairWith Opera". Sadly, she passed away on 16 August 2000 following a longillness. Her funeral was held on 19 August 2000 at Our Lady of PompeiiChurch in Greenwich Village and she is buried at City Island Cemetery. .
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