Of Michael Fabiano’s debut as Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera, The Sunday Times in London wrote: “I can’t think of a Lensky at Covent Garden who has held the audience so spellbound in 40 years of Onegin-going… a glorious debut.” The recipient of the 2014 Beverly Sills Artist Award and the 2014 Richard Tucker Award, Mr. Fabiano is the first singer to win both awards in the same year, and is considered one of the greatest tenors in the world today.
This season, he opened the Royal Opera in a new production of La Bohème conducted by Anthony Pappano, and will sing the Duke in Rigoletto, a role in which he will also make his debut at the Los Angeles Opera. He will perform his first Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon at the San Francisco Opera, appear in a recital for Oper Frankfurt, and return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Rodolfo in La Bohème, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, a role he will reprise for Opera Australia. Both the La Bohème and the Rigoletto from the Royal Opera as well as the La Bohème from the Met will receive international HD broadcasts.
Last season, Mr. Fabiano made his debuts with the Royal Danish Opera in the Verdi Requiem and Houston Grand Opera in the title role of Gounod’s Faust; he returned to the San Francisco Symphony for a program of Italian masterworks, and sang Jean in Massenet’s rarely performed Hérodiade with Washington Concert Opera. Mr. Fabiano returned to the Metropolitan Opera for performances as Rodolfo in La Bohème and Alfredo in La Traviata. He was the guest soloist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert, and performed in the Met’s 50th Anniversary Gala at Lincoln Center. In addition, he sang his first Don José in Carmen at Festival Aix-en-Provence, performed a recital tour which took him to seven cities in North America, and made his London recital debut at Wigmore Hall.
Mr. Fabiano has performed at many of the world’s leading opera houses; a list that includes: the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera, Opera Australia, Teatro Real, Opéra National de Paris, Dutch National Opera, La Scala, Asociacíon Bilbaina de Amigos de la Ópera, Dresden Semperoper, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. In addition, he has graced 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, and has performed a number of major recital and concert tours.
On DVD, Mr. Fabiano can be seen in the title role of Donizetti’s Poliuto and Alfredo in La Traviata, both from the Glyndebourne Festival on Opus Arte, Cassio in Otello from the Metropolitan Opera on Decca, and Gennaro in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia from the San Francisco Opera on EuroArts and Naxos of America.
Mr. Fabiano is the recipient of Australia’s prestigious Helpmann Award in the “Best Male Performance in an Opera” category, for his portrayal of the title role in Gounod’s Faust with Opera Australia. He is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Artists’ Council and one of the founders of ArtSmart, a non-profit organization that provides free voice lessons to students in public schools in under-served neighborhoods within the U.S.