On May 21, 2015, Michael will open the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival as the protagonist of Donizetti’s rarely-performed opera Poliuto. It will be the first professionally staged UK performance of the opera, which will be conducted by Enrique Mazzola and directed by Mariame Clément. Joining Michael on the Glyndebourne stage will be soprano Ana María Martínez in the role of Paolina.
Poliuto will be Michael’s second appearance at the Glyindebourne Festival where his performance of Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata earlier this year received the unanimous acclaim of the critics. “I’m happy to return to a theatre tasked with producing high-powered, high quality art” he declared, “and performing Poliuto at the Glyndebourne Festival fulfills that call.”
Glyndebourne is the only UK opera company to offer its performances for free online to be viewed by audiences throughout the world.
Performance dates are May 21, 24, 29; June 2, 5, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 26; July 2, 9, 12, 15.
On Sunday, August 10th, there will be a live cinema broadcast of Glyndebourne’s new production of La Traviata starring Michael as Alfredo. The production, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and directed by Tom Cairns, will star Venera Gimadieva as Violetta, and Tassis Christoyannis as Germont. It will also be streamed live. The live stream and cinema locations can be accessed by going to glyndebourne.com.
The first half of the performance (Acts I and Act II Scene 1), will begin at 5:30 PM UK (12:30 PM EST), and run until 7 PM (2 PM EST). The interval will run from 7 PM to 7:30 PM, when a short film about the production will be shown, which will include an interview with Michael. Act II, Scene 2 and Act III begin at 7:30 PM (2:30 EST).
Michael’s performance in the role of Alfredo has been unanimously acclaimed by the press. See critic’s reviews on the “Critical Acclaim” page of this website.
Tenor Receives Richard Tucker Award
Michael Fabiano, a 29-year-old whose burnished tenor has made him one of the opera world’s most closely watched young singers, has won the $50,000 Richard Tucker Award, the foundation that gives the award announced on Thursday.
The award, which is named for Tucker, the Brooklyn-born tenor, is given to singers deemed by a panel of judges to be “at the threshold of a major international career.” The award has previously gone to Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe and Joyce DiDonato, among others.
“As an American tenor, I am in awe of all that Richard Tucker accomplished as one of the greatest tenors who ever lived and as an ambassador for opera throughout the world,’’ Mr. Fabiano said in a statement from Amsterdam, where he was preparing to sing the title role in a new production of Gounod’s “Faust” with the Dutch National Opera.
Barry Tucker, the president of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and the son of the tenor for whom the prize is named, said that he had been “bowled over” by Mr. Fabiano’s performance last year in a concert version of Verdi’s “Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata” with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Avery Fisher Hall.
“Not only is he an exceptional singer, but he has the extraordinary ability to excite audiences and bring them to the edge of their seats,” Mr. Tucker said in a statement.
This is the second $50,000 prize named for a great opera singer from Brooklyn that Mr. Fabiano has won so far this year: in February he won the Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers who have had featured roles at the Metropolitan Opera.