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Multiple award-winning Barbra Streisand Tribute Artist, Carla DelVillaggio, has been described as “funny”, “charismatic”, “can improvise on the spot”, “creates the perfect illusion as Streisand”, “has Streisand’s signature phrasing, timing and vocal mannerisms”.
Ms. DelVillaggio has entertained across the country from Miami to Las Vegas to New York City. From the hair, down to the trademark nails, and wearing meticulously detailed replicas of iconic concert gowns, she is "Simply Streisand" in every way. Carla’s jaw-dropping recreation evokes the excitement and high energy vocals of Streisand’s most powerful numbers, as well as the beauty and purity of sound essential for the ballads so closely associated with this greatest of all singing actresses. Her keen sense of comedic timing, and ability to ad-lib, add to the overall illusion of portraying the original “Funny Girl”. She has entertained at Theatres, Performing Arts Centers, private parties and corporate events, benefits and fundraisers, Synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, and Adult Communities, all over the country, and has performed several times on the Legends Stage, at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. Her NYC debut, where she did three “completely different” cabaret shows at the Laurie Beechman Theatre garnered her RAVE reviews.
A reviewer from the BISTRO AWARDS had this to say: “… anyone who can sing the wide-ranging Streisand songbook this well certainly has a terrific voice of her own. I can’t wait to see her in a cabaret as herself.” “It’s a pleasure to say HELLO CARLA, and please hurry back here where you belong: on a New York nightclub stage.”
In June of 2012, Carla had the distinct honor and privilege of being asked to perform at the legendary Bon Soir nightclub in NYC. The Bon Soir is where Barbra Streisand was discovered in the early 1960s. The club has now been renovated and re-opened under the name “Pink Elephant”. Carla was asked to be the performer to “re-open” the new venue (and is the ONLY tribute artist to have ever performed there) – the same space that once thrilled to the sound of a young Barbra Streisand.
Of that performance, Simply-Showbiz said:
“DelVillaggio demonstrated a spooky ability to channel the icon, at times you would swear you were seeing a hologram of a teenage Streisand”.
Carla’s early training was in Opera and she received her Masters of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from SUNY-Binghamton, NY. In addition to singing many of the great soprano roles in the opera repertory (Musetta, in La Boheme, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Antonia and Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, to name but a few) she has also done a great deal of work as an orchestra, oratorio and recital soloist with repertoire ranging from Mozart to Massenet, and Bernstein to Sondheim. She made her European debut as Violetta in La Traviata, in the Czech Republic, and also had the honor to sing for former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, and dignitaries of the Czech and Polish Embassys, in Washington, D.C..
Today, in addition to her busy traveling schedule performing her tribute to Streisand, Carla teaches Private Voice, Vocal Performance Classes and an Opera-Theatre Workshop class, at Valencia College, in Orlando.
Among her many awards and recognitions:
2015 RECIPIENT of the
"Bea Fogelman Award of Excellence"
2012, 2013 & 2014 – Nominee: “Bea Fogelman Award of Excellence”
(a prestigious industry award)
2012 – Inducted into the
“Sunburst Convention Hall of Fame”
2009, 2010, 2011 - “Best Overall Celebrity Re-Creation Award” - Sunburst Convention of Celebrity Tribute Artists
2008, 2010, 2011 -“Agent’s Best Impressed Award” Sunburst Convention
2012–Nominee “Most Professional Impersonator” The Reel Awards, Las Vegas
2009 - "Rising Star Award" –
The Reel Awards, Las Vegas