2014 Richard Tucker Award Winner and 2014 Beverly Sills Award Winner
Manager: William G. Guerri
Management Territory: Worldwide
"On December 10, Michael Fabiano sang his first Met Rodolfo in La Boheme. Fabiano...properly refocused the attention on the singing. His Rodolfo was sublime...his voice warm and bright, a perfect aural match for the exuberant, impetuous Rodolfo, and he beautifully observed the score's dynamic markings, particularly in "Che gelida manina," in which he soared to an ecstatic high C that was loaded with squillo and ended on a stunning pianissimo. Fabiano was also an observant actor who really listened to the other singers." Opera News
“On Sunday… the Washington Concert Opera at Lisner Auditorium gave reason, if not to learn the opera by heart, at least to hear it with interest and enjoyment. The reason was the tenor Michael Fabiano. “Fabiano is an old-school tenor: he hits the stage looking and sounding like something out of the Golden Age. On Sunday he made a romantic, lyrical sound with a heroic ring to it, starting from the moment he opened the piece by striding on stage, letting loose with what amounts to a vocal fanfare, and getting everyone in the room to sit up and take notice.” The Washington Post
“Tenor Michael Fabiano, on the other hand, was a marvel. Distinguished by virile, lyric tone that projected beautifully through the house, Fabiano’s sound was so beautiful, and the transition from the bottom to the top of his range so seamless, as to proclaim him “the” tenor that we have all been waiting for. Of equal importance, at the core of his gorgeous sound and flawless performance lay a sincerity and piety that motivated his voice from wondrously hushed, soft tones of prayer to penetrating proclamations. By revealing his strength and vulnerability with heart-touching honesty, Fabiano established himself as both a gifted singer and a supreme artist. Bravo!” San Francisco Classical Voice
The recipient of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award and the 2014 Beverly Sills Artist Award, Michael Fabiano is the first-ever winner of both awards in the same year, and is considered one of the greatest young tenors in the world today. Of his performance as Oronte in I Lombardi with Opera Orchestra of New York, The New York Times wrote: “What everyone who attended a concert by the Opera Orchestra of New York at Avery Fisher Hall on Monday night seemed to be thinking when the show was over might have been summarized in . . . a Twitter post: ‘Michael Fabiano OMG.’ The sentiment was evident whenever that tenor opened his mouth, to judge by the prolonged ovations and shouts that followed.”
In 2014/15, Mr. Fabiano will return to the San Francisco Opera for performances as Rodolfo in La bohème, and sing the title role in Faust at Opera Australia and the Opéra National de Paris. In May 2015, he will open the Glyndebourne Festival starring in the title role of Donizetti’s rarely-performed Poliuto in the first professionally staged production in the history of the United Kingdom.
The 2013/14 season brought with it a variety of concerts and new productions for Mr. Fabiano. He returned to Opéra National de Paris for performances as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, made his debut at The Canadian Opera Company as Rodolfo in La bohème, and sang Verdi’s Requiem in a special concert with the San Francisco Opera. In addition, he performed the role of Alfred in a new production of Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera, made his debut at the Dutch National Opera singing the title role in a new production of Faust, and debuted at Glyndebourne as Alfredo in a new production of La traviata. Mr. Fabiano also appeared in a sold-out recital for Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center and sang Corrado in Il Corsaro with Washington Concert Opera.
Mr. Fabiano ushered in the 2012/13 season with his return to the Metropolitan Opera for performances as Cassio in Otello. He made his debuts at the Seattle Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa as Rodolfo in La bohème, a role he also performed at the Dresden Semperoper. Mr. Fabiano made his debuts at the Casals Festival and with the Oslo Philharmonic in Verdi’s Requiem, and with the San Francisco Symphony in two Beethoven concerts: the first featured the song cycle An die ferne Geliebte, and the second, the Missa Solemnis under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He created a sensation singing Oronte in Opera Orchestra of New York’s concert performance of I Lombardi in Avery Fisher Hall, performed in recital at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, made a highly acclaimed American recital debut as part of the distinguished Harriman-Jewell Series in Kansas City, MO, and debuted at the Santa Fe Opera as Alfredo in La traviata.
In the course of the 2011/12 season, Mr. Fabiano made his debuts at the San Francisco Opera as Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia, the Teatro Real as Christian in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Los Angeles Philharmonic in the world premiere performances of the “Prologue” to Shostakovich’s opera Orango under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen, The Dream of Gerontius with the Wiener Symphoniker, Grant Park Music Festival (Verdi’s Requiem), and Rigoletto at Florida Grand Opera. He returned to the Dresden Semperoper for performances in Rigoletto and sang in a staged performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Oper Köln. Mr. Fabiano debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival, and at the Stern Grove Festival with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in showcases of arias and duets.
Mr. Fabiano has performed at many of the world’s leading opera houses; a list that includes: the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Real, Opéra National de Paris, La Scala, Asociacíon Bilbaina de Amigos de la Ópera, Dresden Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National Opera, and the Teatro San Carlo. In addition, he has graced the concert stages with some of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony.
Mr. Fabiano portrayed Gennaro in the English National Opera’s production of Lucrezia Borgia, in the first-ever, live, 3D simulcast of an opera, and stars in the same role in the DVD of the San Francisco Opera’s production of this opera. He was the tenor soloist in the European broadcast of Verdi’s Requiem with the Oslo Philharmonic, and is prominently featured on the world premiere recording of the “Prologue” to Shostakovich’s opera Orango under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen (Deutsche Grammophon).
Mr. Fabiano is the winner of numerous competitions, most notably Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Artists’ Council.
News & Critical Acclaim
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"From his first number, the aria "La mia ...February 13, 2013
Tenor Michael Fabiano enthralls in American recital debut with the Harriman-Jewell Series in Kansas City, MO