Michael will perform at The Legends of Opera Concert and Gala for the second annual fundraising event of the Gulfshore Opera. The event will take place on Sunday, February 21st at 4 PM, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, Florida. The concert will include arias and duets. Sharing the stage with Michael will be internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, Samuel Ramey.
For additional information, visit the Gulf Shore Opera website.
Michael Fabiano: Traditional Tenor for the Modern Age
He’s been called ‘the hardest-working opera singer in show business’ – opera’s answer to James Brown spoke to The American’s Michael Burland in Zurich as he prepared for his for his Royal Opera House début
First things first, Michael, our expat readers would love to know, where do you hail from originally?
North Jersey. We lived all over the north part of the state until I was 11. Then my father was transferred to the state of Minnesota – he was a turnaround specialist, bringing companies back from the brink of going out of business. We lived in Minneapolis from when I was 11 to 18. It was a real culture shock, diametrically different, culturally, to the New York/New Jersey/ Pennsylvania area. I had some wonderful times growing up there, but the kids would always make horrific fun of my accent – they talked ‘like this, you bet, goshdarn it’ and I never assimilated the accent. Funnily enough my brother who’s 29 still lives there today, he was 8 when we got there and he never left – he got it in his blood, he’s got the accent for sure. But it never stuck to me.
Then I went to the University of Michigan which was square between the two, and it was a clash of accents. Unlike Minnesota, in Michigan there was an immigration of Italians, so we could always find really good pizza – that’s something New Jersey people always look for, real New York style goombah pizza, you gotta have it!
With a name like Fabiano, I was guessing you were from Italian stock.
We have strong ties to the south of Italy, still. My aunt, Laurie Fabiano, wrote a book called Elizabeth Street, about the migration of my family to the States in the early part of last century. It’s fictional but it tracks every person in my family through the ’60s. There’s a strong strain of Italian-ness in my family – my father is 100 percent from the south of Italy, two different areas, and my mother is from all over, different countries all over Europe – Irish, German, English, Dutch… I’m a real mutt – that’s the American way! Most people I know are from multiple places. I have lots of Irish-Italian mixed friends – can you imagine? – but they’re both Catholic, so perhaps not very different.
And both highly strung?
Of course! Just like my father and mother.
Michael Fabiano is #OPERATHLETIC – A singer’s guide to find the balance
Michael Fabiano is a wildly talented tenor, dedicated performer, and a true operathlete. Recently named the hardest-working opera singer in show business, we feel truly honored to have had the opportunity to interview such an impressive individual! Known for his compelling performances, hard working nature, and euphonious tenor voice, it is no wonder why Michael Fabiano is the “man of the hour” in the opera world.
Mr. Fabiano has an inspiring list of accomplishments. In 2014, he was the recipient of both the Beverly Sills Artist Award and the Richard Tucker Award, making him the first person to win both awards in the same year. He has performed at some of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National Opera, and more. In addition to performing a myriad of tenor “dream roles” at many of the world’s leading opera houses, Mr. Fabiano has also performed in concert with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony. To learn more about Michael Fabiano, visit his website at http://michaelfabianotenor.com/.