IMG Artists is delighted to announce that it has signed tenor Michael Fabiano for General Management. Mr Fabiano, praised for his, “his luscious tone, sublime phrasing and outstanding passage work” (The San Francisco Examiner), will be represented by Gianluca Macheda.
Mr Fabiano said, “I am thrilled to have teamed with Gianluca and IMG Artists for the next chapter of my operatic career.”
Mr Macheda said, “Michael is one of the world’s leading tenors and it is a great pleasure to work with him as we create new opportunities and futher develop his amazing career.”
Highlights of Mr Fabiano’s 2016/17 season include his debut at Houston Grand Opera in the title role of Gounod’s Faust; singing Massenet’s rarely performed Hérodiade with Washington Concert Opera; his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in in La Bohème and Alfredo in La Traviata; and a North American recital tour.
He will also be the guest soloist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert and perform in at their 50th Anniversary Gala at Lincoln Center.
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.