Paolo Fanale


In the recent seasons, Italian tenor Paolo Fanale makes his debut at the Royal Opera House in London as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), at the Wiener Staatsoper as Fenton in Falstaff and at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Roberto Leicester in Maria Stuarda. He sings Die Zauberflöte at Festival Soirées Lyriques de Sanxay, a concert version of Lucia di Lammermoor at Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Così fan tutte at the Bayerische Staatsoper, a concert version of La Favorite at Opéra de Marseille, Don Giovanni at the Berlin Staatsoper, Dresden Semperoper, Comunale di Bologna and in concert with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. He appeared in La clemenza di Tito at Opéra de Losanne and at Gran Teatre del Liceu, L’Elisir d’Amore and Les Troyens at the Wiener Staatsoper, Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera House and at Las Palmas Opera, Iphigénie en Tauride at Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Eugene Onegin at Matsumoto Festival, Die Zauberflöte at Dallas Opera, Paër ‘s Leonora at Innsbruck Festival, Maria Stuarda at Opernhaus Zürich, as well as in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. Most recently, he was Ferrando at the Berlin Staatsoper in a new production of Così fan tutte conducted by M° Barenboim, Ernesto in Don Pasquale at Opera Las Palmas, Tito in La clemenza di Tito at ABAO Olbe Bilbao, where he also sang Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

Season 2022/23 saw him appear in Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera and Norma at Opéra de Lausanne.

Fanale was born in Palermo and studied at the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini. 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 La traviata at Staatsoper Berlin and Tampere Opera, Norma at Palm Beach Opera.