Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sexiest Barihunks Photo Co-Winners: Ernesto Petti & Kasey Yeargain

After a spirited week-long competition for our Sexiest Barihunks Calendar Photo, we're are pleased to a announce TWO winners. The voting was so close between our two top contenders, Italian Ernesto Petti and American Kasey Yeargain, that we're announcing them as co-winners. Each will receive the $100 prize.

Petti who once wanted to be a professional water polo player, shared the stage with Diana Damrau and Piotr Beczala in the controversial performance of Verdi's La traviata last year at La Scala decked out in sexy, white muscle tee shirt.

Ernesto Petti
Petti began his vocal studies in Naples when he was just 18 years old. In 2010, he graduated from the Academy of Torre del Lago Puccini, where he studied with acclaimed tenor Marco Berti.
He won first prize at the Francesco Albanese di Napoli competition and won the second prize at the "Ravello Città della Musica" competition.

He made his professional debut in 2009 as Eagro in the Johann Christian Bach edition of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Festival Valle d'Itria. He followed that up with a performance in Viardot's Cendrillon. In 2011, he returned to the Festival to sing The Officer in Ernst Krenek's tragic one-act opera Der Diktator, for which he received critical acclaim.

He appeared in Puccini's hometown of Torre del Lago as Harry in the composer's La Fanciulla del West, which celebrated the centenary of his opera about the American West. He has also sang in Bizet's Carmen at the San Carlo in Naples, Verdi's Macbeth at the Teatro Coccia in Novara, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Municipale di Piacenza and Modena.

Yeargain during a workout
Kasey Yeargain came to our attention with his dramatic Bari-Chunk to Bari-Hunk transformation. Yeargain, who weighed in at around 300 pounds and lacked self-esteem, has become a ripped and confident singer who moonlights as a personal trainer and inspirational blogger on The Opera Bro.
You can read all about the inspiration for his weigh loss and his winning "Tribute to Michelangelo's David" photo on his blog. 

He is currently singing the role of Trevor Graydon III, the wealthy head of Sincere Trust Insurance Company, in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Poteet Theater in Oklahoma City from November 7-December 14 and tickets are available online.

You can purchase your own copy of the 2015 Barihunks Charity Calendar featuring Ernesto Petti, Kasey Yeargain and 17 other sexy singers at LULU. Simply click on the button below. 
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