Michael’s brilliant performance in the title role of Donizetti’s POLIUTO from the Glyndebourne Festival, was released by Opus Arte in the US on DVD and Blu Ray, on July 29th; it was released in the UK on July 1st. This was the first time that a full-length production of this opera was performed in the UK.
The cast features Ana Maria Martinez as Paolina and Igor Golovantenko as Severo; the London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Enrique Mazzola.
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.
IMG Artists is delighted to announce that it has signed tenor Michael Fabiano for General Management. Mr Fabiano, praised for his, “his luscious tone, sublime phrasing and outstanding passage work” (The San Francisco Examiner), will be represented by Gianluca Macheda.
Mr Fabiano said, “I am thrilled to have teamed with Gianluca and IMG Artists for the next chapter of my operatic career.”
Mr Macheda said, “Michael is one of the world’s leading tenors and it is a great pleasure to work with him as we create new opportunities and futher develop his amazing career.”
Highlights of Mr Fabiano’s 2016/17 season include his debut at Houston Grand Opera in the title role of Gounod’s Faust; singing Massenet’s rarely performed Hérodiade with Washington Concert Opera; his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in in La Bohème and Alfredo in La Traviata; and a North American recital tour.
He will also be the guest soloist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert and perform in at their 50th Anniversary Gala at Lincoln Center.
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