Michael Fabiano launches his 2019/20 season starring as the besotted Chevalier des Grieux in Laurent Pelly’s production of Massenet’s Manon, at the Metropolitan Opera. Fabiano has sung the lovestruck chevalier to great acclaim, with Opera News heralding his portrayal of Des Grieux at the San Francisco Opera in 2017:
“Singing his first Des Grieux, the tenor gave a powerhouse vocal performance, his strong, muscular instrument registering with assurance, tonal allure and a sense of the nobility absent elsewhere in the production. Ardent in the Act I duet, richly expressive in “En fermant les yeux,” the tenor’s finely etched performance of “Ah! Fuyez, douce image” seemed the essence of romanticism.”
Performances take place on September 24, 28, & October 2, 5, 19, & 22. Mr. Fabiano sings opposite the exhilarating soprano Lisette Oropesa as the irresistible title character, with Carlo Bosi as Guillot de Morfontaine, Artur Ruciński as Lescaut, Brett Polegato as Monsieur de Brétigny, and Kwangchul Youn as Comte des Grieux. Maurizio Benini conducts the Metropolitan Opera and Chorus.
Enjoy Mr. Fabiano and soprano Nadine Sierra singing the St. Sulpice duet from Manon at the Richard Tucker Gala in 2018: