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RHS alum and ’07 Riverhead Teen Idol wins international vocal competition

Riverhead High School alumnus Stephano Andreotti will be taking a trip to Palermo, Sicily this fall courtesy of an international vocal competition.

Andreotti, a 2012 RHS graduate and 2007 “Riverhead Teen Idol” winner, won a berth in the Italian competition by taking top honors at Festival of Song USA in Brooklyn on Jan. 29. He will travel in September to Palermo to compete in Gianni Contino’s Cantamare.

Andreotti, 22, of Riverhead (formerly known as Stephen Peppaceno) attended Westminster Choir College and Adelphi University. He sings a variety of music, including opera, and won the competition in Brooklyn with his performance of the Barry Manilow classic “Even Now.”

“My favorite kind of music to perform is old school standards and jazz,” Andreotti said in an interview. He performs all over the tri-state area as a vocalist and in regional theater, he said.

Andreotti has a unique way of supplementing his income as a vocalist. He works as a professional wrestler — a singing professional wrestler.

Professional wrestling is “a big show,” he said.

“I come out singing. Sometimes I play a bad guy, sometimes a good guy.”

He performs for New York-metro based Fight the World Wrestling as well as ICW and CZW in NYC and New Jersey.

“Wrestling matches are very much like singing or telling any other story,” Andreotti said. “You sell that you’re injured, you sell your anger, hatred, et cetera.”

Andreotti is also a martial artist. “I try to make this bridge between athletics and arts,” he said. “I dabble in all sorts of arts.” He said he writes poetry and is currently collaborating on a play with a friend.

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