Michael Fabiano as Lensky in Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera

Eugene Oneging Royal Opera-2015

“If there is a star of this show, it is the tragic Lensky of the RO debutant Michael Fabiano, now singing meaty Verdi and Puccini roles around the world, but here demonstrating exquisite control in the pianissimo reprise of his big solo before the duel scene. I can’t think of a Lensky at Covent Garden who has held the audience so spellbound in 40 years of Onegin-going — possibly the great Nicolai Gedda in the late 1970s — but Fabiano has youth on his side. A glorious debut.”
The Sunday Times

Michael Fabiano had one hell of a house debut. What a gloriously rich and incredibly virile voice. There was plenty of squillo on display, burnished golden tone and clarion power, which led to the most exciting tenor debut at The Royal Opera in many a year. A would-be Corelli, the comparison is not inappropriate for once. This is a powerful yet beautifully controlled stentorian tenor, where grace and perfection of execution sit hand in hand with blazing trumpet-like high notes. The audience delivered him the biggest ovation of the night and rightly so.”
Opera Britannia

“Michael Fabiano’s heartrending Lensky is out of this world.”
The Independent

“As Lensky, Michael Fabiano was different again, giving an Italianate performance hot to the touch and sung with compelling intensity. Does he get a bonus for lying on stage as a corpse through the entire third act?”
The Financial Times

“Michael Fabiano, on his Royal Opera House debut, is an excellent Lensky with an aesthetically pleasing voice and a highly effective approach to dynamic variation. His sound in ‘Kuda, kuda vï udalilis’ has an almost dream-like quality, entirely befitting the act of looking back on happier, more carefree days.”
Music OMH

“An outstanding…house debut is made by the American tenor Michael Fabiano, already a favourite at Glyndebourne, whose personable Lensky is sung with the ideal mix of plangency and pungency – the aria was exquisitely done. He also makes a disturbingly convincing corpse.”
The Telegraph

“Bright and excited young tenor Michael Fabiano portrays the charming poet, Lensky. Making his debut at the ROH, Fabiano wins the audience with his convincing performance as an honest romantic that turns into a hothead when he sees his lover, Olga flirting with Onegin. By the end of scene 4, audience are blown away by Fabiano as he leaves the stage in a rage, singing of his betrayal from his lover and best friend. (Someone behind me was so touched by his performance that she burst into tears.)”
Trend FEM

“The gifted American tenor gives a show-stealing performance in a role that amounts to little more than an argument, a duel and a couple of arias. An heroic masculinity gives his ringing timbre the smack of greatness.”

” …Michael Fabiano’s house debut as Lensky more than matches the hopes that this young tenor is the man for the future.”
The Jewish Chronicle

“Michael Fabiano, in an otherwise dismayingly dry-eyed evening, was as natural a poet Lensky as you could wish for, singing his big aria with tear-jerking ardour – and, after the duel, having to lie on the stage dead-still until the end of the opera.”
Classical Source


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Interview: Michael Fabiano on Faust

Limelight Magazine's Editor, Clive Paget, heads backstage to meet American tenor Michael Fabiano ahead of his appearance in David McVicar's production of Gounod's Faust, for Opera Australia.

More videos