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‘Faust’ star sings new tune: music in public schools

October 23rd, 2016

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Houston Chronicle – Michael Fabiano, one of the most sought-after stars in opera, embodies a Hollywoodesque charisma.

The 32-year-old tenor has a piercing gaze and keen fashion sense, and he speaks in strong, declarative sentences, pounding the table in front of him and asking if he can shed his blazer when the discussion gets heated.

His career is well documented – featuring acclaimed performances with the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera and Milan, Italy’s La Scala – as well
as the energy he plans to bring to Houston as he stars  alongside soprano Ana María Martínez. But instead of chatting about himself, the singer talks about something else he’s passionate about – the failings of public education.
Photo: Dave Rossman, Freelance

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Machael Fabiano: “La trayectoria de un cantante de ópera es algo muy subjetivo”

July 13th, 2016

Michael Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 4.52.14 PMPlatea Magazine – En apenas una década de trayectoria el tenor norteamericano Michael Fabiano sea convertido en una de las referencias de su cuerda. Recién acometido su debut como Don Carlo en San Francisco, recala ahora en el Teatro Real de Madrid para estrenarse con otro título de Verdi, I due Foscari al lado de Plácido Domingo. Conversa aquí con Platea Magazine acerca de su intensa década de actividad, sus planes de futuro y su punto de vista sobre el complejo mundo de la lírica.

¿Cuándo comienza su interés por el canto y cuándo comenzó a estudiar?

Comencé mi carrera como tal cuando tenía veintidós años. Yo había previsto ir a una escuela de negocios pero antes de empezar mis estudios se cruzó en mi camino el famoso tenor George Shirley, el primer tenor negro que cantó en el Met…

Fue el Pelléas de Boulez, si no me equivoco.

¡Exacto! Él me escuchó y me dijo que sin la menor duda tenía que dedicarme a cantar y desde entonces abandoné el resto de mis planes, volcándome por completo en la ópera. La trayectoria de un cantante de ópera es algo muy subjetivo. Puede precipitarse de forma inmediata o puede requerir pasos lentos… Y hay cantantes que se dejan llevar más por la inercia, mientras que otros, como es mi caso, somos muy metódicos a la hora de planificar nuestra trayectoria, con bastante anticipación. Y no me refiero sólo a la naturaleza de nuestra voz y su desarrollo, sino al desarrollo mismo de nuestra carrera como negocio. Hay que medir bien los tiempos, planificar bien lo compromisos… Cuando comencé mi carrera, creo que fue precisamente mi forma de pensar, tan metódica, lo que llevó a George Shirley, mi maestro, a confiar en mi y en mis posibilidades de éxito. Es muy distinto sentirte bien cantando, cómodo con lo que haces, a tomarte en serio lo que significa cantar y todo lo que implica para tu vida personal y profesional.

Ahora mismo cumplo diez años de carrera y es ciertamente difícil tomar conciencia de todo lo que ha sucedido en este tiempo y lo rápido que han ido las cosas. Es un locura: creo que “sólo” hace cinco años que estuve en Madrid, haciendo Cyrano de Bergerac con Plácido Domingo. Y en estos cinco años, mi carrera prácticamente ha explotado.

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A Q&A with Opera sensation Michael Fabiano

July 13th, 2016

MF portrait(2)Michael Fabiano might not be a household name, but if the brilliant young tenor has anything to do with it, that will all change in the next 10 years. Now 32 and already considered one of the greatest tenors in the world, the headliner believes that opera can become more mainstream and he’s determined to make it so, one performance at a time. In town performing Don Carlo with the San Francisco Opera in late June, he told us one recent warm day in the city that “when we watch major films or television shows, we hear classical music. Classical music is much more in our lives than people realize. We need to show why it’s relevant and make it more popular—and I intend to do that in the next couple of years.”

If there is anyone who could somehow entice the world to listen to more classical music, it’s the handsome singer from New Jersey. The San Francisco Chronicle calls him “the hardest working opera singer in show business,” a singer “with a muscular and mellifluous tenor voice.” Of his performance in I Lombardi, the New York Times said that what everyone seemed to be thinking when the ovations and shouts subsided “might have been summarized in a Twitter post: ‘Michael Fabiano OMG.’ “ Not only is everyone raving about his moving performances, but in 2014 Fabiano was the first person ever to win the Richard Tucker Award and the Beverly Sills Artist Award in the same year.

Serious, focused, eloquent, and driven, Fabiano spent four years preparing for his debut role as Don Carlo. After the show’s run, he’s jetting to Madrid to perform in I Due Foscari at the Teatro Real, but the Bay Area will hear the passionate singer again this summer at Festival Napa Valley’s Opera Gala. Fabiano is the headliner there, on July 24, at the Lincoln Theater, where he and American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard will perform a series of solos and duets. Although he has little time for talk—last year Fabiano traveled 315 days for work—we had the rare opportunity to engage him in a spirited conversation. Here is what he had to say about opera, baseball, and more.

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Tenor Michael Fabiano Stars in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at the San Francisco Opera

June 17th, 2016

DonCarlo-2016-06-17 at 4.45.16 PMSF WEEKLY – Being a professional baseball umpire from the age 14 to 24 helped prepare tenor Michael Fabiano for his life as an opera singer.

Fabiano, who plays the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlo at the San Francisco Opera, says he loved baseball, but as an overweight kid, he didn’t excel at it. So he decided to be part of the sport from behind the plate. Fabiano said he also did mock trial and debate in high school, and his playing by the rules serves him as a singer where he looks at the scores and the markings and follows the music.

And there’s another thing he learned from being an umpire, not always the most beloved person in the game.

“It taught me to be cool-headed during the times where bad things happen – and they do in opera; I’ve been booed,” he says. “When I was an umpire, I had bats thrown at me and a drunk parent jump over the fence to chase me. Those things helped me keep my cool as an opera singer.” Read more

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Michael Fabiano sings “Il Lamento di Federico” by Cilea

WQXR presented an evening of Italian opera and song live in The Greene Space on October 7, featuring tenor Michael Fabiano, winner of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award.

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