Artist of the day: Ryan Julian
Ryan Julian (center) spent a couple of years in his early 20s rising through the ranks of touring opera companies around the South, first as a stagehand and chorus member and ultimately as the title role in Don Pasquale. He has sung the national anthem for sporting events around Tampa Bay, but this week, he'll have an unprecedented opportunity to represent the area. He recently won a contest to get to sing the national anthem at the Tampa Bay Host Committee's "Salute to the Military" private luncheon during the Republican National Convention.
"The Tampa Bay area is near and dear to my heart," he said. "I'm excited to be able to represent our area at such a big, national event. Just to be able to promote this area, it's an amazing opportunity."
For more on Julian, click here for Caitlin Johnston's story.
Photo: Eve Edelheit, tbt*