The recipient of both the 2014 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award and the 2014 Beverly Sills Artist Award for extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Michael Fabiano is the first person to win both awards in the same year. After beginning this season with the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala at Lincoln Center, Michael returns to San Francisco Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. The tenor will then sing the title role in Faust at Opera Australia and the Opéra National de Paris--Opéra Bastille, and will open the Glyndebourne Festival in the title role of Donizetti’s rarely performed Poliuto in the first professionally staged production in the history of the United Kingdom. Last season Michael was Alfred in the Met production of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Edgardo in the Paris Opéra Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in his Canadian Opera Company debut, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Opera di Firenze, Faust at the Dutch National Opera, and Alfredo at Glyndebourne. The tenor also sang the Verdi “Requiem” in a special concert with San Francisco Opera and Corrado in Verdi’s Il Corsaro with Washington Concert Opera.
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Michael graduated from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and in 2009 received an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He made his professional stage debut in 2006 at the Klagenfurt (Austria) Stadttheater in La traviata, and his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 as Don Antonio in Donizetti’s Don Sébastienwith the Opera Orchestra of New York. The 2007/08 season saw the tenor’s La Scala debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, the title role in Stravinsky’s Mavra at the Greek National Opera, and Rodolfo with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Other early career milestones included his debuts at the Opéra National de Paris as Cassio in Otello, the Asociacíon Bilbaina de Amigos de la Ópera (Bilbao, Spain) as Edgardo, the Dresden Semperoper as the Duke in Rigoletto, at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Opéra de Limoges as Rodolfo, and at the Vancouver Opera as Edgardo.
In the2009/10 season Michael made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Raffaele in Verdi’s Stiffelio; he returned to the Met as Cassio in Otello in 2012. Other highlights of his eventful operatic career have included his London debut at English National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto, a role he later encored at Florida Grand Opera and at the Dresden Semperoper; Gennaro in ENO’s production of Lucrezia Borgia, the first-ever live 3D simulcast of an opera, and a role encore and DVD with San Francisco Opera; Alfredo at the Teatro San Carlo and at the Santa Fe Opera, Nemorino with Fort Worth Opera; Christian in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac at Madrid’s Teatro Real; and Rodolfo at Seattle Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and the Dresden Semperoper. A special milestone was his acclaimed Oronte in Opera Orchestra of New York’s 2013 performance of Verdi’s I Lombardi. Michael’s frequent appearances on the concert stage have included several performances of the Verdi “Requiem” in commemoration of the composer’s bicentennial (Oslo Philharmonic, Oper Köln, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, Richmond Symphony), as well as Beethoven’s song cycle “An die ferne Gelieb” and his“Missa Solemnis” with the San Francisco Symphony, Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” with the Vienna Symphony, and many recitals.
In addition to his 2014 Richard Tucker and Beverly Sills Awards, Michael was awarded the 2009 Grand Prize from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, and was the First Prize winner in the 2008 Opera Index Awards, the 2007 Loren Zachary Competition, and the 2006 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition; he also won the José Carreras Prize for Best Tenor in the 2006 Julián Gayarre Competition in Pomplona, Spain and the Grand Prize in the 2005 Florida Grand Opera Competition Junior Division. In 2007 he was also the recipient of a 2007 George London Foundation Encouragement Award to a Tenor in Memory of James McCracken and a Sarah Tucker Study Grant. Michael is profiled in The Audition, the internationally released documentary about the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and will be prominently featured in a documentary about Italian-Americans to air over PBS in February 2015.
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