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Camille Zamora
In repertoire ranging from Mozart to tango, and in collaboration with artists ranging from Plácido Domingo to Sting, Soprano Camille Zamora has been hailed as “a singer blessed with intense communicative ability who blazes with passion” (Opera Magazine, UK). She has appeared with the world’s leading ensembles and companies, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Los Angeles Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera; in venues from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center to the United Nations; and in live recital broadcasts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio, and Sirius XM. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Camille is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, the country’s leading “artists’ peace corps, ”which presents projects - including NYC’s summertime street pianos - that make the arts accessible to all. For her contributions, she has received a 2012 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Recognition and a UN Torchbearer Award, has been profiled on NBC Latino and in Classical Singer Magazine, and was named one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People. Learn more at &

Entries by Camille Zamora

286 Hubs of Harmony: NYC Street Pianos Past, Present and Future

(5) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 6:43 PM


Izabel Lam's aquatic Sing for Hope Piano prepares for its journey from the studio to its summer home at Castle Clinton at the Southern tip of Manhattan (and yes, that is a giant starfish on top of it).

This evening, a...

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Blossoming Pianos, Reviving Mimì, and Other Signs of Spring

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 2:49 PM

Today -- finally! -- is the day. After a horrific winter featuring the coldest recorded temperatures in the past 81 years combined with a flu vaccine of historic inefficacy, spring has finally shown up. The icicles have melted. An intrepid soul has been spotted wearing flip-flops on the A-train. And...

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Post-Snowmageddon, Songs of Summer

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:51 AM

Here in NYC this week, Snowmageddon wasn't.

Our mayor donned a parka for his press conference, warning of a storm for the record books. Mass transit was shut down. Schools were suspended. Downtown where I live, there was a desperate rush on kale.

But thankfully, we all woke up...

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An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 10:45 PM

On World AIDS Day in 2012, the New York City-based "artists' peace corps" Sing for Hope marked the twentieth anniversary of the classical music world's first organized response to the AIDS crisis. Today, two years after that commemorative concert and twenty-two years after HIV+ baritone William Parker first...

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A Reason to 'Sing for Hope'

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 9:15 PM

Adapted with permission from an article published in the Juilliard Journal in May 2004, shared here a decade later as we prepare to join this weekend with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Bering Omega Community AIDS Services and Sing for Hope volunteer...

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Folk-Fishing & Spanish Soul: The Legacy of Graciano Tarragó

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Tarragó's folksong arrangements are colored by flamenco and infused with "duende," the heightened emotional/spiritual connection that exists in the realm beyond technique -- what could be loosely translated as "soul." (Photo by Carlos Saura)

Music informs identity. The little tune that floats into...

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Smoky Skies, Rx Mozart & Our American Evolution

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 1:14 PM

I am on a flight right now from Aspen to Denver after an inspiring week sharing music and ideas, and the gentleman in the seat next to me is chain-smoking. I mean, fiendishly chain-smoking cigarette after cigarette. The baby in the seat in front of him is coughing and the...

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Nebulae & Camouflage: The Sing for Hope Piano Process

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 10:48 AM

"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I came to live out loud."

"All the arts we practice are apprenticeship; the big art is our life."

"To live a creative life, we must lose our...

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My Third Metric: Just Breathe

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 6:31 PM

With the force of nature that is Arianna Huffington at her home for the first-ever Huffington Post Women's Summit: "The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power"

Last week, I had the surreal pleasure of attending the first-ever Huffington Post...

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City Songs: A Brief History of the Street Piano

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 6:33 PM


It started with a piano that couldn't make it up the stairs.

In 2003, in Sheffield, England, a grad student named Doug Pearman found himself unable to get his beloved secondhand piano up the stairs to his new flat on Sharrow Vale...

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88 Keys to Past and Future

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Recently, a video popped up in my inbox, accompanied by frowning emoticons and rueful comments. It showed unwanted pianos being tossed into a landfill -- an unnerving thing to see. Our team at Sing for Hope, the "artists' peace corps" behind New York City's street pianos, watched it...

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