a bit of our history and what others say about us

ANTONIO VILLANO

Italian born Antonio Villano migrated to Australia with his family at the age of 9. 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. Antonio’s love of music grew and he learned quite quickly gaining opportunities.

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 commitments 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, a father of 3 sons then took on the position of Youth Minister for a period of time and coupled with his musical experience, it wasn’t long until those skills were called upon as a Music Director and Choir leader for very prominent church organizations.

As time went on and performing in the secular arena, 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 repertoire mixing the traditional sounds with the modern.

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 VILLANO

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.

Kate has also worked with and mentored 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 Antonio’s and Kate’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 Management’ business, and is relishing being back on the stage performing full time alongside Antonio Villano, in their versatile duo ‘Vogue’.

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.

Antonio and Kate Villano have been featured in many National and International Corporate events and Cruises along side some of the world’s leading artists such as Jose’ Carreras, Elaine Paige, Marina Prior, David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Anthony Warlow, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, The Sweet, Chubby Checker, The Village People, The Ladies of the Supremes, The Temptations, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, Todd McKenney, Rhonda Burchmore, Peter Cousens, Silvie Paladino, The Celtic Tenors, Tommy Flemming, Brian Cadd, Russell Morris, Mark Vincent, Guy Noble, and many more.

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT US...

Antonio and Kate Villano have performed on various music themed cruises operated by Choose Your Cruise, including Cruisin Country, Rock the Boat, Cruise N Groove and Bravo cruises that celebrate Australian country music, rock ‘n’ roll, the classic Motown era and the performing arts. Showing a vast variety through their repertoire of different styles in music presents Antonio and Kate Villano as a stand-out performing act.

CruiseCo has been responsible for chartering and managing the vessels associated all the Music Cruises of Choose Your Cruise in Australia including Rock the Boat, Cruisin’ Country, Cruise 'n' Groove and Bravo – A Cruise of the Performing Arts. Antonio and Kate Villano have joined us on numerous cruises and are an integral part of our plans as we move into international cruises from UK in 2016. They are extremely versatile performers. To see them perform their wide range of songs from Musical Theatre would be enough, but then there is Antonio's Neil Diamond tribute – surely the best there is! Their show together mixes Opera, Popular Music and Musicals and Antonio's brilliant Show of Elvis Presley's Gospel Songs. On occasions, even in the middle of lighter fare, Antonio will surprise with a serious piece of difficulty, demonstrating the highly trained and precise tenor voice that he possesses. More than this I have never worked with artists that simply 'put in' more than Antonio and Kate. Antonio and Kate when not performing are genuinely happy to spend time with the passengers leaving their charm and warmth over all that come in contact.

Antonio and Kate Villano have never failed to put on the most unique and entertaining show from start to finish. We are fortunate enough to have utilised their talents for a number of our cruises and have personally witnessed the duo's amazing versatility from Opera to Pop. Antonio and Kate are incredibly easy to work with, versatile and very accommodating.

Antonio and Kate Villano have performed on various music themed cruises operated by Choose Your Cruise, including Cruisin Country, Rock the Boat, Cruise N Groove and Bravo cruises that celebrate Australian country music, rock ‘n’ roll, the classic Motown era and the performing arts. Showing a vast variety through their repertoire of different styles in music presents Antonio and Kate Villano as a stand-out performing act.

Antonio and Kate Villano are a talented duo performing timeless pieces from every musical era. Antonio and Kate have been performing at Adelaide Airport for many years and consistently receive positive feedback from passengers and visitors travelling through our terminal. With all the stresses that can come from flying, Vogue Duo make the experience of traveling that little bit easier by providing sounds to relax each person walking by. (We've even seen a few passengers have a dance while Antonio and Kate performed for them). A must see duo next time you are flying out of Adelaide Airport'.

"Antonio and Kate Villano are wonderful, generous supporters of the Childhood Cancer Association and have been for a number of years. They greatly assist us with all our entertainment needs at key events. Their individual & duo performances are outstanding and always add a touch of class to any event. We are extremely grateful to have Antonio & Kate's ongoing support and expertise and appreciate their ongoing commitment to the Association."

Antonio and Kate Villano have been entertaining the public by way of musical performances on scheduled Friday evenings since approximately June 2010.  There has been numerous formal customer feedback compliments expressing the pleasure their performance brings to the general public.  The standard of entertainment that they bring to the atmosphere at Terminal One is something that Adelaide Airport is very proud of following these compliments received during the period in which we have contracted them. I would personally have no hesitation in recommending Antonio and Kate Villano for any form of musical entertainment required.

The sensational voices of Antonio and Kate Villano are a fabulous inclusion for any function or event. My clients enjoy world class entertainment in either Antonio's solo show or his duet with Kate .... fabulous spine tingling operatic vocals by Antonio through to fun where the audience joins in to sing the chorus of songs like "That's Amore" with loads of personality and banter to entertain throughout. They are a joy to work with and an inspiration to hear.

What an absolute treat it always is to engage the musical talents of Antonio and Kate Villano at any of our clients' events. Their extensive and versatile repertoire, including a wonderful Musical Theatre set, their ability to deliver any musical genre and keep guests up dancing at the end of each night is amazing.As well as being an absolute pleasure to work with, Antonio and Kate are a class act who captivate the audience with their beautiful music and talented voices. We would welcome them back to any event to perform again and look forward to the opportunity to do so soon!

I live at the Golden Grove Lifestyle Village SA and I have been on the Social committee for a number of years and was Chairman for two years. One evening I was dining out and Antonio and Kate Villano were performing. I was so impressed with them that I spoke to them about the possibility of booking them for a Cabaret as I knew that our Residents would enjoy their music. I was not wrong, after they performed here, people were asking "when can we have them back here" so it was arranged for them to do another show, and tickets were sold out almost immediately. They are international performers and it is a privilege to have them at our Village. I am also involved in Community Radio and have had the pleasure of interviewing and playing their music on my program.

I have known for Antonio and Kate Villano for 15 years, and in that time have had the pleasure of working with them on many occasions.  They are the first duo, when it comes to corporate events, weddings etc.. I submit to clients, as they immediately get in contact with them, to discuss, what is required, in full, to guarantee the success of the day/night. They are humble, extremely easy to work with, and always open to suggestions, they also have ideas that I have (and clients) that is appreciated and often used, an important trait for any musician to understand and acquire.  Antonio and Kate put everything they have into everything they do, and have been a hefty contributor to the success throughout my career. They are professional, disciplined and dedicated to their craft, and also all round nice people. I would be more than happy to recommend Antonio and Kate Villano for any function, as I know, with them, the event/s would be more than memorable.

We often read testimonials about people in the entertainment industry. Many of these are subjective and only opinion. In my opinion when it comes to the subject of speaking about Antonio and Kate Villano I only have glowing comments. Let us put aside my opinion for now. Antonio and Kate came to my restaurant Casalinga one night in Hahndorf and sang a set of songs. It was a full house that evening that comprised of a wide and varied audience. Within the space of singing four to five songs the audience literally went through the entire gambit of emotions. There were laughs and tears and looks of amazement as Antonio and Kate took the audience on a journey with them I have been a professional entertainer for 30 years and to witness that in my restaurant filled my heart with pride to see and hear true talent and passion. What can I say about Antonio and Kate?   I love them!

As an Event Coordinator, all aspects of Event Management are extremely important but if the Entertainment is fabulous then the event is memorable. This is exactly what you will get if Antonio and Kate Villano are employed for your special event. They are professional singers and their voices are superb. Your guest will think Marina Prior and Jose’ Carreras are on stage! Don’t hesitate.

Their hearts are as pure as their voices. You can hear it, AND it shows! They will lift you high into the mountains and over the seas, with their special epic ballads and popular opera pieces. Fly me to the stars!

Antonio and Kate Villano are highly professional entertainers. Their performances project warmth and personality and their music appeals to people of all ages and tastes. They are able to engage an audience and hold their attention. drawing on a broad repertoire from country music to opera. Their performances are never boring.

I have been fortunate enough to have utilized the talents of this dynamic couple of performers for many and varied events and functions over the last few year. Regardless of the audience, Antonio and Kate Villano always ‘bring the house down’ with their wide range of musical genres. I am unashamedly a true Antonio Villano devotee. His mastery of music is without equal and I could literally listen to him at any time to fit any mood. Kate has amazing talent in many areas and her bubbly personality matches her on stage performances. Together, Antonio and Kate are indeed a ‘dynamic duo’ and we are lucky to have them in Adelaide.

“Charming entertainers. Bravo!”

…and tenor Antonio Villano brought the audience to its feet.

I have worked with , worked for, and employed Antonio and Kate Villano. Their singing voices are absolutely wonderful ..strong and vibrant and they sing with such passion. Their ability to organise  a show  in my opinion is unsurpassed . They put their heart and soul into any thing they touch and consequently  are true  professionals Dedicated ,talented fast working ,well organised efficient ,with great imagination they make a perfect package.

What a synergy! Two great people. Two great singers. The passion of Kate Villano and the classical voice of Antonio Villano.  It’s like a romance made in Heaven.

HERE'S WHAT SOME AUDIENCE MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY...

* Well polished, easy listening & highly entertaining... * More than just music, you make us feel like family... * Wonderful variety of quality music performed by 2 very talented and lovely musicians, friends to all... * Ageless... * Uplifting and emotional... * Enchanting... * Pure entertainment... * World class... * Talented, versatile, joy filled music... * Sensational... * Mind blowing emotional experience leaves you wanting to hear more... * Amazing voices which sing from the heart and makes you feel good... * The music is beautiful. I love the Italian songs... * It's always fabulous, heartwarming, entertaining, emotional... * Antonio & Kate are by far the best duo in SA... * Always enticingly encapsulating... * You make us feel happy... * Powerful voices, versatile performances- solo and together emotionally connected to their songs... * Beautiful... * Very good, easy to listen too... * Emotional... * Uniquely professional and entertaining... * Love your music- my style of rock, classics and pop... * You send our hearts to the moon and back.. * Goosebumps... * Beautiful blend of tone and variety... * Beautiful refreshing good music... * Uplifting, inspirational, easy listening... * Joyful, ageless... * Spiritual, encourages people... * Very inspirational and makes people happy... * It's very heartfelt... * Great eclectic, multi-cultural... Broad genre of the most beautiful music ever... * Antonio & Kate endorse a wide variety of music... * Perfectly complement each other in harmony and have kept me coming back for years - absolutely awesome...