Diana Amati's remarkable life resembles that of an opera story itself- from an orphan without parents to a world-class composer and opera singer. Diana was once an orphan and then a foster child who was eventually adopted by her loving parents. Her adoptive parents were not classical music lovers, however, Diana had a unique ability to compose music in the classical style from a very young age. Diana's original heritage is of Italian descent and it's as if she had the gift of singing and composing classical works in her DNA. Following in the old Italian tradition of musical training, she studied privately and intensively with master teachers in Italy and Nyc for many years until she had developed into a mature artist. Diana studied the art of bel canto technique and has been given the unique privilege of studying with some of the world's greatest vocal teachers and coaches of our time, including Italy’s most beloved vocal coach, Enza Ferrari (who taught Maria Callas), Maestro Alberto Zedda, Linguistics instructor Bob Cowart, and Bonnie Hamilton, among others. Diana specializes in composing works for the voice, including art songs, sacred hymns, and her most recent endeavor is composing an opera. In addition to opera and music composition, Diana has also privately studied flute, piano, and violin, and frequently gives recitals of her works in churches and other venues internationally.
In addition to performing, Diana maintains a private teaching studio at her home in Northern NJ as well as in the upper west side of Manhattan. She resides with her husband, Marcos Castro, and their newborn son, Christian Alexander Castro. Together with her husband, Diana started Artisti Media Group (AMG), which is a conglomerate of several companies, organizations, and philanthropies in the arts. They also started the Amati Foundation, a private, family-owned foundation whose stated mission is to benefit the opera community and further enrich its listeners by providing access to education, opportunities for cultural development, and artistic empowerment. One of the most notable philanthropic businesses created and financed through the Amati Foundation is Opera Culture News & Magazine - an international opera news and magazine company that provides in-depth and behind-the-scenes looks into the industry and the culture it embodies. Visit www.operaculture.com for more information.