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June 14, 2023

AHA’s Nora Giannantonio Wins Metro Award for Vocal Performance

“Metros Monday” (June 12) was particularly memorable for performing artist Nora Giannantonio. This rising senior from the Academy of the Holy Angels brought home a sought-after Metropolitan High School Theater Award for Best Vocal Performance in a Female-Identifying Role. She was honored for her portrayal of Feste in “Twelfth Night the Musical.”


“I have no words to describe my happiness for receiving this award,” Giannantonio said. “I couldn’t even fathom the fact that I was nominated! I had barely even prepared a speech because I really did not think I was going to win. I was so overwhelmed with joy and gratitude to be cheered on and celebrated by my family and friends, who are my greatest supporters. This is definitely an unforgettable experience.”


Giannantonio says she has been singing since before she could talk. She started taking voice lessons when she was eight, and has been performing in theatrical productions since the age of seven. 


“While it’s super nerve-wracking to be put on the spot in front of an audience, it’s like an escape for me,” she said, noting that she uses songs to tell stories, paint pictures, and evoke emotions.


“I’ve put so many years of work into my voice, learning how to utilize dynamics and inflections to make the audience really feel something. Making people feel happy and entertaining a crowd are some of my greatest passions, and performing is a perfect way to do so.” She added, “I know that no matter what I do, I will never stop singing. No matter what career I have, I will always take opportunities to perform and I will spend the rest of my life working on my craft.” 


“Nora’s voice is something that blew us away from the first moment that she auditioned for this production,” AHA Theater Director Katharine Collins shared. “We knew that she was the perfect fit for the character of Feste, and we were so excited for her to show off her incredible belting range in Feste’s big song, ‘Is This Not Love?’”  


Giannantonio has been involved in several AHA productions. In November 2020, she participated in AHA’s inventive, COVID-safe production of “The Silver Clipper,” a radio drama. She also sings Alto 1 for the AHA Chorus.


“I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Nora,” Academy Choral Director Lisa Marciano said after hearing Nora’s news. “Her positive attitude and sincerity are two of her greatest attributes, and her talent speaks for itself.”


Giannantonio maintains an excellent grade point average, and earned induction into the National Honor Society, Thespian Honor Society, Tri-M (music) Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. She is a resident of Emerson.