Born in Middlebury, Vermont, tenor Antonio Abate is a graduate of the Juillard School of Music where he received a bachelor's degree as well as a graduate diploma. Major roles include the title role in Faust, Fracasso in La finta semplice, the title role in Offenbach's Orphee aux enfers, Sam in Street Scene, Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Basilio and Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Tamino and Monastatos in The Magic Flute, Andrew Johnson in The Mother of Us All, Fadinard in Nino Rota's Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze and the Student Servant in the world premiere of Stephen Paulus' Heloise and Abelard.
Mr. Abate completed a year at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute in North Carolina as one of only six fellows. He has attended the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in Southern Vermont, Ravinia Steans Institute in Illinois, Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, Opera North in New Hampshire, Chautauqua Music School in western New York, BASOTI Music Festival in San Francisco, and Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. For three summers Mr. Abate attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California under the tutelage of world renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.
He is the 2003 First Place winner of the North Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing award and the 1999 winner of the Alfonso Cavaliere Memorial Scholarship. He was presented in recital by The Friends of Music at Guilford in the fall of 2003 in Brattleboro, VT, and again by Music for Montauk in 2005 on Long Island, NY. This June marked his 6th consecutive Opera Gala for the North Hall Concert Series in Huntington, MA.
Mr. Abate completed a season with The Sarasota Opera Company in Florida where he was responsible for several roles in The Magic Flute, Verdi's Il Corsaro, Werther and Tosca. In 2006, Mr. Abate was a guest artist with Ohio University celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. He sang major arias and ensembles from The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni.