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"American Idol," eat your heart out.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts ups the ante with the Italian-American idol, Michael Amante, on Nov. 15. The dashing young tenor from Syracuse, pictured, will serenade audiences with arias and Broadway numbers to celebrate the opening of the Center’s 2003 Celebrities Series.

Faith Prince, winner of a 1992 Tony Award for her work as Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls," is scheduled to share the bill.

Amante, whose surname means "lover" in Italian, was discovered at Rao’s in East Harlem three years ago where he regularly performed. But it was at age 6 when he discovered his own voice - after "wowing the nuns" in a Catholic school play. In his teens, he discovered opera.

But don’t expect a stodgy performance from this tenor. Before he turned to the classics, Amante sang "the killer hits of Kansas, Foreigner and Journey" for bands in high school, and the energy of rock music still infuses his performances today.

Michael Amante and Faith Prince perform Nov. 15 at 8 pm at the Walt Whitman Theater on the campus of Brooklyn College, one block from the junction of Flatbush and Nostrand avenues. Tickets are $40 and are available through the box office at (718) 951-4500.

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