VERO BEACH – Trinidadian author and former TV journalist, Ann Marie Amante had the honor of meeting the Crown Prince of Italy, Emanuele Filberto Di Savoia on Friday January 22, 2016.
Mrs. Amante is probably better known in Trinidad and Tobago by her previous last name “Ganness”. In 2014, she married world-renowned classical and opera singer, Michael Amante. The Trinidadian native migrated to Florida shortly after and now travels extensively with her musician husband as his public relations specialist.
Mrs. Amante’s encounter with the Crown Prince came about as a result of her husband being invited to perform for him at a gala event held in his honor in New York City. The event was organized by the award-winning Uomo Moderno magazine and Brindiamo, a popular TV show in New York.
Michael Amante, who is affectionately called, “the People’s Tenor” is an Emmy nominee and the number one classical artist of 2002, according to Billboard magazine. Amante has been crowned the “Prince of the High C’s” for his remarkable ability to sustain with ease, one of the most desired notes of a tenor’s voice, however his range includes the high E and F with a strength and consistency seldom heard elsewhere. He has showcased his talents in front of a myriad of A-list celebrities, several US Presidents and Pope John Paul II.
Amante has also won the praise of musical legends like Tony Bennett and the late Luciano Pavarotti. His sold out venues include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in the United States. Ann Marie says she is not surprised that her husband was invited to sing for the Prince and hopes someday that he could perform in Trinidad and Tobago.
As for meeting Prince Emanuele, Mrs. Amante describes him as charming, down-to-earth and warm. “It is obvious why he is so well loved by many. Michael and I first met him in his hotel suite on the morning of the event together with the organizers. New York City was getting ready for a massive snowstorm but despite the concerns, everyone was upbeat and excited about the gala. Prince Emanuele’s enthusiasm permeated the room. It was interesting that he thought I was British. I explained that I was Trinidadian from the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago and while we were a British colony at one time, we are definitely unique!”
Mrs. Amante says the very hospitable Prince Emanuele was very appreciative of her husband’s performance later that evening at the Hudson Terrace Rooftop in Manhattan. “Michael brought the house down with his selection of songs which included one of the most popular Italian arias, “Nessun Dorma” and Journey’s classic rock ballad, “Faithfully”.
Mr. and Mrs. Amante are now looking forward to their next event and are excited about other projects they are involved in. Mrs. Amante is an award winning journalist and PR specialist. She is an inspirational writer and speaker and is the author of “Eighteen Lessons From Wayne; reflections on the teachings of Dr. Wayne Dyer”.