A last minute addition to the program of the 6Th Annual Lois Alba Aria Competition will be sure to generate extra excitement. This year’s Competition takes place on Sunday, May 15, from 3:00pm – 5:00 pm at Cullen Hall at The University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
US Army Master Sergeant Antonio Giuliano will fly in from Washington, D.C. to appear as a guest artist in the entertainment portion of the event. MSG Giuliano is a Master Vocalist and National Anthem Soloist and a member of the US Army Chorus.
The tenor heard about the Competition on the internet last year and wanted to enter as a competitor, but his schedule did not permit him to come on the required dates. Again this year he wished to enter, and called Ms. Alba only to find he had missed the deadline for entering. After hearing samples of his singing, she invited him to come and sing as a guest artist. To hear MSG Giuliano sing “Nessun Dorma,” click it!
MSG Antonio Giuliano has appeared in opera, concerts and recitals throughout the United States and Europe. As a member of The United States Army Chorus since 1988, MSG Giuliano has represented his country as a soloist and performed for heads of state, kings and queens, and presidents worldwide. He served as soloist at the funeral services for President Ronald Reagan singing an a cappella rendition of Amazing Grace, President Reagan’s favorite hymn.
During his Italian recital debut at the Villa D’Este in Como, Italy, he was invited to study with the late great post-war Italian tenor Franco Corelli in his home in Milan.
Recent vocal recitals include: Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., Steinway Series at the American Art Museum Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and a recital and master class at Western Kentucky University.
His forthcoming performances in 2011 will include Verdi’s La Traviata and Il Trovatore in concert form in NYC. MSG Giuliano continues his voice studies with Dr. Donald G. Wiggins of New York, a partnership he has maintained since 1990. He resides in Northern Virginia with his lovely wife, Isabella, and their German Shepherd Dog, Gucci.
MSG Giuliano will join two past winners of the Competition (soprano Amanda Grooms and baritone Hee Pyoung Oh) in entertaining the audience while the judges decide the winners.