Michael Fabiano



Fabiano is Ready for Don Carlo – and the World

May 25th, 2016

Don CarloSan Francisco Classical Voice – When Michael Fabiano made his 2011 San Francisco Opera debut in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at age 27, the tenor already had cut a wide swath in the music world. As he returns June 12–29 to perform the title role of Verdi‘s Don Carlo for the first time, his career has gone far further still, as evidenced by his receipt of both the Richard Tucker and Beverly Sills awards and by his appearance on the cover of this month’s Opera News.

The internationally famous tenor has been very busy, both with music and with the many causes he supports. He arrived here on Monday for rehearsals from Mauritius and a United Nations International Arbitration Conference, where he sang at a gala headed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. That came after performances in Paris (Rigoletto in Opéra Bastille), London (Onegin at Covent Garden), and Zürich (La Bohème, Opernhaus Zürich).

After May in San Francisco, Fabiano is heading to Madrid (I due Foscari, Teatro Real), Napa (opera gala at Festival Napa Valley), Houston (Faust, Houston Grand Opera), Washington (Hèrodiade, Washington Concert Opera), and the Met as Rodolfo in La Bohème and Alfredo in La Traviata.

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Michael Fabiano: the man who’ll sing in Mauritius

May 18th, 2016

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Along with addresses by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, delegates at the ICCA Congress in Mauritius will hear a musical recital by renowned American opera singer Michael Fabiano. GAR met him at the Royal Opera House in London before Christmas, as he prepared for a role in Tchaikovksy’s Eugene Onegin.

MetOperaDecember 2015. Michael Fabiano wants to talk about law. The acclaimed opera tenor – the first to win both the prestigious Richard Tucker award and Beverley Sills Artist award in a single year (2014) – was a champion debater at college and thought a legal career might lie ahead. Nowadays, he closely follows the decisions of the US Supreme Court and can talk with authority on the contrasting approaches and voting patterns of the different justices.

He is looking forward to Mauritius not just because of the chance to rub shoulders with dignitaries and showcase his talent for the first time in the tropics but because he hopes to attend the congress and learn about international arbitration.

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Tenor, Inc.

May 14th, 2016

Opera News – May 2016
IF YOU CRAVE the ideal present-day embodiment of the Duke of Mantua or Rodolfo (either Bohème or Luisa Miller), no one reignites that golden-age magic the way Michael Fabiano does. There’s his magnificent, warm tone, the generous helping of squillo, and his visceral stage presence: his energy is so concentrated that he often leaves his colleagues miles behind. There’s also the thrilling inevitability of the way he sings, reminiscent of the young Luciano Pavarotti. His reviews are excellent. So why does he make so many people uneasy?TenorincFabiano1hdl615

Perhaps it’s because the opera world today seems to breed a certain blandness. Many young singers push their niceness, their ordinariness, their desire to be liked and get along. Michael Fabiano is an emotional, deeply committed, bigger-than-life singer with an emotional, deeply committed, bigger-than-life personality. “I’m not a conformist,” he says. “Not at all.” Yet his fiery singing triggers a certain nervousness among opera insiders, who express concern that he brings too much intensity to his art. Fabiano is a carefully trained artist, but his brand of excitement, once a reasonable goal among Italianate tenors, seems an anomaly today.

The thirty-one-year-old singer and I are discussing this peculiar trend on the front porch of his parents’ handsome, spacious house on the New Jersey shore. It’s a picture-perfect July day at the beach, and Fabiano has had a five-mile morning run before picking me up at the train station behind the wheel of his black BMW F80 M3.

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Une interview avec Michael Fabiano, tènor – « J’adore le bel canto, mais mon compositeur préféré est Verdi »

April 4th, 2016

Harriman interview photo“J’adore le bel canto, mais mon compositeur préféré est Verdi”

Concert Classic – Franc, direct, la tête sur les épaules, Michael Fabiano est à 31 ans un ténor en pleine ascension. Débutée à la fin des années 2000, sa carrière s’est rapidement emballée, son physique de jeune premier et à sa maîtrise vocale lui ouvrant les portes des plus grandes institutions. Adepte du bel canto, cet élégant interprète voue pourtant une admiration sans borne à Verdi dont il s’est fait une spécialité. Michael Fabiano est à Paris pour incarner le Duc de Mantoue sur la scène de la Bastille, dans une nouvelle production de Rigoletto confiée Claus Guth (à partir du 11 avril)(1). Il a gentiment répondu à nos questions à quelques jours d’une première attendue.

Après Cassio, Edgardo et Faust, le Duc de Mantoue est votre quatrième invitation à la Bastille. Vous avez chanté ce rôle de nombreuses fois depuis vos débuts en 2008 à Londres (ENO) : à quel type de difficultés êtes-vous confronté lorsque vous l’interprétez ?

Michael FABIANO : La première fois que j’ai appris ce rôle, j’étais étudiant et devais avoir 21 ans ; mon coach m’avait conseillé de ne pas l’aborder trop tôt en scène, ce que j’ai fait. J’ai cependant gardé la partition en mémoire en prévision du jour où j’aurais la possibilité de le chanter. Il ne faut pas avoir de mauvaises habitudes lorsque l’on doit aborder un personnage aussi complexe que celui du Duca di Mantova, car sa tessiture est haute, sans être légère, ce que les gens ont tendance à penser. Il faut posséder un instrument très flexible et être en mesure de transmettre de belles couleurs pendant tout l’opéra. Le timbre doit être riche notamment dans les cavatines qui sont très difficiles. Il faut également du pathos dans la voix, de la sensibilité, des couleurs parfois sombres et ne pas imaginer que l’on pourra se réfugier dans le haut du registre. C’est un rôle de ténor lyrique qui demande une grande variété de couleurs.

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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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