Michael is the recipient of the distinguished Helpmann Award for 2015 in the “Best Male Performance in an Opera” category, for his performance in the title role of Faust with Opera Australia.
Named for the famed Australian ballet star Sir Robert Helpmann, the award was announced on July 27th, and presented by Live Performance Australia. It is given for achievements in musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, and dance.
This evening, Saturday, July 18th, Michael will appear as Rodolfo in a special concert of La Bohème presented by NDR Hannover. The concert, a new presentation of the NDR Classic Open Air, will take place in Maschpark, Hannover (Germany). Puccini’s opera will be televised throughout Germany by NDR.de, as well as live-streamed on NDR.de and Kery-Lynn Wilson will conduct the NDR Radio Philharmonie, directing a cast that includes Soprano Carmen Giannattasio as Mimi, Soprano Angel Joy Blue as Musetta, and Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as Marcello.
The program will air at 21:00hr (24 Hour Clock) – 9:00pm (12 Hour Clock). The performance starts at 3 PM EST.
Last season’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata from the Glyndebourne Festival, has been released by Opus Arte and can be purchased on DVD and Blu-Ray, from the Glyndebourne Shop.
The cast stars Venera Gimadieva as Violetta and Michael Fabiano as Alfredo; Sir Mark Elder conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra, in this production directed by Tom Cairns.