Most recently, Italian tenor Paolo Fanale makes his debut at the Royal Opera House in London as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) and at the Wiener Staatsoper as Fenton in Falstaff. Moreover, he debuts as Roberto Leicester in Maria Stuarda at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and he sings Die Zauberflöte at Festival Soirées Lyriques de Sanxay and a concert version of Lucia di Lammermoor at Théâtre des Champs Elysées.
Fanale was born in Palermo and studied at the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini and with Domenico Sanfilippo. He made his professional debut as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) in Padua. He has since sung for such companies as La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet, Bavarian State Opera, Salzburg Festival, Dutch National Opera, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Liceu, Barcelona, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Philarmonie de Paris, Theater an der Wien, New National Theatre, Tokyo, Norwegian National Opera and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He also appeared in Helsinki, Genua, Valencia, Strasbourg, Naples, Florence, Amsterdam, Verona, Turin, Montecarlo, Marseilles, Bologna, Palermo, and for the Lucerne Festival.
He has worked with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Daniele Gatti, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Antonio Pappano and Jordi Savall.
Fanale’s repertory includes Fenton, Hylas (Les Troyens), Don Ottavio, Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Rinuccio, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia), Orphée (Orphée et Euridice), Faust, Grimoaldo (Rodelinda), Nicias (Thaïs), Rodolfo (La Bohéme), Tito (La clemenza di Tito), Il Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto), Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de perles).
His recordings include Mass in C minor Waisenhausmesse K 139 by Mozart and Schubert’s Mass in E flat major D950 under the baton of Claudio Abbado at the Salzburg Festival 2012; Falstaff at the Metropolitan Opera conducted by James Levine.
Upcoming plans include Così fan tutte at the Bayerische Staatsoper, a concert version of La Favorite at Opéra de Marseille, Don Pasquale in Bilbao, Don Giovanni at the Berlin Staatsoper and at Dresden Semperoper, La clemenza di Tito at Opéra de Losanne, L’elisir d’amore at the Vienna Staatsoper. Moreover, he will sing Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest.