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Antonio and Kate

Antonio and Kate Villano (Vogue Duo) are a South Australian based husband and wife "Duo" specialising in Cruise and Corporate Entertainment for the last 30 years. They have been stunning audiences nationally and internationally (Europe, Asia, South Pacific) with their incredible diversity, versatility & spine tingling harmonies performed in both English and Italian. Professional  performances include numerous local and national Corporate events, Festivals, The Australian Tour Down Under, Unley Under The Stars,  Adelaide Elder Park Christmas Carols, Campbelltown Community Carols, West Lakes Community Carols, Multi-Cultural Festivals, Adelaide Carnevale, The SA Premier’s and Governor General Dinners to name a few.

Antonio and Kate have been featured on International Cruises for the last 4 years  performing alongside some of the world’s finest artists such as Elaine Paige, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Anthony Warlow, Marina Prior, David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Tommy Fleming, Simon Tedeschi, John Farnham, Marcia Hines, The Sweet, Russell Morris, Brian Cadd, Jon English, Doug Parkinson, The Village People, John Paul Young, The Ladies of the Supremes, The Temptations and are very much looking forward to a personal career highlight  performing alongside International Superstar Jose Carreras in Oct 2017.

Antonio and Kate offer a number of shows and outfits that include Live performances with a 5 Piece Band, Dancers and/or with Professionally Produced Music Tracks. The shows are Vogue Duo, Tribute to the Tenors, Jukebox Live - Party Band, Encore - Songs of Stage and Screen, The Neil Diamond Experience,Elvis - The Gospel Years, That’s Amore and The Travelling Tenor.

 

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Antonio Villano   Kate Lara
     

Italian born Antonio Villano migrated to Australia with his family at the age of 9 years. His upbringing was not without struggle which has formed the foundation of the person he is today, a man of strong faith, compassionate and a definite passion for music. A self taught guitarist and singer. Antonio's love for music was always apparent constantly listening to the old traditional songs his parents played, along with listening to his idols he looked up to.

At the young age of 12 he decided to learn to play guitar. It was about the age of 14 that he formed a Gospel band called Revelation with his 2 brothers and 2 close friends as guitarist and backing vocalist. The band was later reformed with new members called Eternity who were together for 11 years travelling across Australia before all the members, now older, took on other responsibilities.

Never having had prior formal training Antonio decided to approach singing and vocal teacher John Morgan, now deceased, for some training. After about half a dozen lessons John Morgan offered to train Antonio at no charge (God Bless you John) because, as he put it, "A voice like yours doesn't come around too often in life". As life has it, time and committments did not allow Antonio to accept this incredibly generous gesture, but during time with John, Antonio gleaned valuable techniques and inspiration that impacted his life and gift.

Antonio was later introduced to Kate Lara who invited Antonio to perform 'The Prayer' as a guest on a Search for a Singer Show Case night. Kate Lara then took on promotion and management role for Antonio's career which opened many doors and created many opportunities for performances which has placed Antonio in great demand across Australia and overseas and interests in Antonio and booking enquiries started coming in for The Elder Park Christmas Carols, The Australian Tour Down Under, The Adelaide Carnivale, Bridal Expo’s, Weddings, Fashion Parades, Italian Festivals and Charity events.

It was at a particular Charity event that a special duet was requested, so Antonio teamed up vocally with Kate Lara to deliver a powerful and emotionally charged rendition of “The Prayer”. This began Antonio including Kate Lara in his reportoire mixing the traditional sounds with the modern. The wonderful blend and versitility of their voices has since resulted Antonio and Kate forming a duo named 'Vogue' which is in high demad across Australia and overseas, providing audiences a wide variety of music genre including Classical, Ballad, Jazz, Blues, Motown, Rock'n'Roll and more. There is no genre they can't cover.

Antonio continues his musical pursuits and passion for sharing beautiful music bringing joy to many via this “God given Gift!” and donates much of his time to community and charity events.

The rest is history in the making!

 

Kate was very fortunate to have grown up in the Entertainment Industry with both parents working in the arts all of their lives. Her father as the Programming Director for Theatre Corporate New Zealand, The Sydney Festival of Arts and The Adelaide Festival Centre and her mother as a professional Actor, Drama Teacher (SA Casting)  and Theatre Director.

It was a natural progression for Kate to follow in the footsteps of her parents in such a vibrant, exciting and progressive industry. Over the years Kate became involved  in  Television & Radio Media, Event Management, Promotions, Artist Development and fulltime professional singer in a number of musical outfits.

During the next 9 years (2000 - 2009) Kate directed Search for a Singer. The venture involved working with and mentoring many local emerging performers by conducting workshops, weekend retreats and master-classes that involved a selection of Kate’s professional peers who were more than happy to pass on their varying expertise and knowledge to these aspiring artists. These artists gained invaluable live experience and paid professional gigs at Kate’s and Antonio's own Cabaret venue ‘Cabaret Cafe’, of which many are now employed full time in the Music Industry.

After selling Cabaret Cafe, Kate devoted her full focus back to her ‘Promotions, Events and Management’ business, and is relishing being back on the stage performing full time alongside Antonio Villano, in their versatile duo ‘Vogue’ and in various shows.

Over the last 20 years Kate has earned great respect from Industry Leaders and has built a solid reputation through her professionalism, passion and meticulous attention to detail with every event or project that she is involved in.

Shows that have been born through Antonio's and Kate's this fantastic journeys include:

Vogue Duo
A versitile dynamic vocal duo covering most musical genres.

Tribute to the Tenors
A Classical Tribute to the great Tenors, both past and present.

Jukebox Live
A musical live performance of the Greatest voices of the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. A band that's suitable for any party or function.

The Neil Diamond Experience
A show providing audiences with a respectful live tribute to the great Neil Diamond.

Shirazzamattaz
A classy singing and dancing performance including hits from Cabaret, Burlesque and All that Jazz.

Travelling Tenor
A 30 minute comical costumed floor show designed for the corporate market.

 

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