From June 28 to July 27, Michael Fabiano makes his greatly anticipated return to Opera Australia, to sing Edgardo in John Doyle’s revival production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Under the baton of Carlo Montanaro, the cast includes Jessica Pratt as Lucia, Giorgio Caoduro as Enrico, Richard Anderson as Raimondo, Jane Ede as Alisa, John Longmuir as Arturo, and Benjamin Rasheed as Normanno. A seasoned role for Fabiano, he received critical acclaim for his performance as Edgardo this past season at the Metropolitan Opera:
“[Michael Fabiano’s] bold, vibrant voice exploded into life in the second act of this Donizetti opera, when his character bursts in on his lover Lucia’s wedding to another man.
Here Fabiano seemed to transmute into a personification of rage, this whole body quivering and his tenor pulsing with fury. The scene peaked with his great cry “Vi disperda!” (literally, “God damn you all!) before he collapsed to the floor floundering in confusion. Lucia is the one who officially goes mad in this opera, but Fabiano’s Edgardo made her seem downright stable.” (Observer)