Michael Fabiano is one of the most exciting American operatic personalities today. His Don José in a recent new Aix-en- Provence production of Carmen, his spectacularly successful last-minute assumptions of the tenor leads in La Bohème and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera, and his concert performance in Verdi’s I Lombardi at Lincoln Center have been among the highlights of a spellbinding international career that has spanned four continents and he already ranks with this generation’s most thrilling operatic performers. As a “calculated risk-taker”, his characterization as the fearsome, eponymous hero in Donizetti’s Poliuto at Glyndebourne was remarkable and historic. Fabiano observes that in this iteration, Donizetti’s orchestral texture was similar to what listeners hear in all of the early works of Giuseppe Verdi.
All accomplished singers show an affinity for certain composers: Fabiano for Donizetti and Verdi. Both composers build their works around phrasing that conveys the essence of the moment and the journey that lies ahead. With a vibrant and expressive liricospinto voice, Fabiano’s ability to internalize the music, exactly as written in the score, brings to life the text with spontaneity and discipline. One of the many reasons Fabiano is recognized as a world-class performer is his unique timbre, which hits the heart when singing distinctive text and well-crafted bel canto and Verdian vocal lines. Fabiano has a stated goal to sing nearly all of Verdi’s works. Don Carlo, Un Ballo in Maschera, and Ernani are all to be tackled in upcoming 3 seasons. A triumphant journey still unfolding, Michael Fabiano is quickly on the ascent to further greatness.