Michael Fabiano, Tenor
Santa Fe Opera Apprentice in 2005
The recipient of the Beverly Sills Artist Award for 2014, Michael Fabiano is considered one of the greatest young tenors in the world today. Of his performance as Oronte in Verdi’s I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata, with Opera Orchestra of New York, The New York Timeswrote: “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.”
The 2013-14 season brings with it a variety of concerts and new productions for Mr. Fabiano. He returned to the Opéra National de Paris – Opéra Bastille for performances as Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, made his debut at The Canadian Opera Company as Rodolfo in La Bohème, sang the Verdi Requiem in a special concert with the San Francisco Opera, and performed the role of Alfred in a new production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera. He will sing the title role in a new production of Gounod’s Faust at the Nederlandse Opera, and make his Glyndebourne debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata. Mr. Fabiano appeared in recital for Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center and will sing Corrado in Verdi’s 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 Othello. 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 the Verdi 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 Verdi’s I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata 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.
In the course of the 2011/12 season, Mr. Fabiano made his debuts at the San Francisco Opera as Gennaro in Donizetti’s 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 Requiem), and Rigoletto at Florida Grand Opera. He returned to the Dresden Semperoper for performances in Rigoletto, and sang in a staged performance of the Verdi 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.
Additional performances of distinction include: his debuts at the Opéra National de Paris as Cassio in Othello, the Asociacíon Bilbaina de Amigos de la Ópera, and Vancouver Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Deutsche Oper Berlin as Rodolfo in La Bohème, Dresden Semperoper as the Duke in Rigoletto, Gennaro in English National Opera’s premiere production of Lucrezia Borgia (which was broadcast in the first-ever, live 3D simulcast of an opera), Metropolitan Opera debut as Raffaele in Verdi’s Stiffelio, London debut at ENO as the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata at the Teatro San Carlo, Respighi’s La Fiamma at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, La Scala debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, the title role in Stravinsky’s Mavra at the Greek National Opera, performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, and Orchestre National Bordeaux, and the soloist for “O Holy Night” during the nationally televised Midnight mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Christmas day.
Mr. Fabiano is the winner of numerous competitions, most notably Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
Mr. Fabiano made his Santa Fe Opera debut in 2013 as Alfredo in La Traviata.