January 22nd, 2017
“The most exciting of all these performers, though, and surely one of the most electrifying singers on the Met’s roster, was tenor Michael Fabiano as the jealous poet Rodolfo. While there is great beauty in his basic timbre, particularly in the middle octave of the voice, his real forte is his ideal mastery of Italianate style. Many other tenors can capture the sweet, sentimental side of this opera, but Fabiano’s aggressive attack reminds us that Puccini’s roots were in verismo
, realism. He finds in Rodolfo a core of anger and desperation that seems to cry out against social injustice.”
Metropolitan Opera: This is no routine production…
For many the big attraction was tenor Michael Fabiano, returning to the Met after a few years. Last time he was here, he took on this very role to great plaudits. Since then, the tenor has grown as an artist and on account of his work on Wednesday, he promises to be one of the most thrilling at the Met for years to come.
Fabiano is a passionate artist, he holds back nothing when the music asks for it. Puccini’s music in this work ebbs and flows, the climaxes reaching unbearably rich extremes and the valleys offering moments for subtlety and grace. You can feel the climaxes coming and the suspense of seeing a singer match the emotional heights creates tremendous tension for the spectator. Fabiano crowns those climaxes with an incredible production of sound that gleans with clarity and ease. This was most evident during the famed climax of the aria “Che gelida manina” and the opening lines of the love duet with Pérez. In all he played Rodolfo with his heart on his sleeve, the bohemian writer as impulsive as he was playful.
November 22nd, 2016
“I’ve raved before about Michael Fabiano. . . , but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard him sing with the clarity and power he brought to the role of Jean (John the Baptist) on Sunday, his sound heroic and translucent, with no evident strain, culminating in a showstopping performance of his aria “Adieu donc, vains objets” in Act IV.”
The Washington Post
The role of John the Baptist suited tenor Michael Fabiano like a glove, for his return to WCO after a fine Il Corsaro two years ago. His voice had heroic fervor for his condemnation of Hérodiade and especially his anguished plea to God in the dungeon scene of Act IV. Just as impressive was the soft sweetness he brought to the tender scenes with Salomé.
Washington Classical Review
“Fabiano’s tenor is effortless and bright, and it cuts through the orchestral texture beautifully. In the finale of the third act . . . he came out to sing a thrilling “Adieu donc, vains objets,” passionately limning the tension between earthly love and sacred duty.”
Philip Kennicott – The Washington Post
November 6th, 2016
A Descent Into Hell With Wonderful Voices and Music
“Tenor Michael Fabiano turns the lumpy role of Faust into a part of distinction, and his ardently sung “Salut demeure” would turn anyone’s head.”
The Devil is in the details
“American tenor Michael Fabiano is a complex Faust, here making his HGO debut. He seems to be several singers packed into one. In the opening scene he conveys the despondent old philosopher with poignancy, becoming strangely triumphant as he contemplates his own death.
Later transformed by the devil into a young man at the peak of his sexual powers, his voice warms as he encounters the lovely Marguerite. In their duet amidst the flower-laden gardens outside her cottage, he has to hold a very high note for a very long time. It’s one of Gounod’s rare show-off moments, and Fabiano made it something special, as if he had just discovered it. He stands out in the ensemble passages as well. ”
World Class singing in classic Faust
“The role of Faust, the most familiar of French lyric tenor roles, proved a felicitous fit with Fabiano’s attractive tenor voice. His aria Salut! demeure chaste et pure displayed the power and vocal expressiveness that one has come to expect from this consummate artist .”
Faust pulls all the stops
“Michael Fabiano is a shining presence as Faust, and performs the role beautifully.”