MICHAEL FABIANO recently made operatic history when he became the first tenor to sing in the first live, 3-D simulcast of an opera in European history; portraying Gennaro in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, produced by English National Opera and Sky ARTS. Considered one of the most important young talents in the world today, The Wall Street Journal wrote: “Tenor Michael Fabiano as the son, Gennaro, shows why he is in such demand in the big opera houses.”
A Grand Prize winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Fabiano is prominently featured in The Audition, the internationally released documentary about this competition.
In the summer of 2011, Mr. Fabiano performed the Verdi Requiem at the Grant Park Music Festival. His 2011/12 season began with his debut at the San Francisco Opera as Gennaro in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, to be followed by a staged performance of the Verdi Requiem at Oper Köln, and his debut at Florida Grand Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto.
Last season (2010/11), Mr. Fabiano made his debuts at the Dresden Semperoper as the Duke in Rigoletto, at the Vancouver Opera and the Asociacíon Bilbaina de Amigos de la Ópera in Bilbao as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Opéra de Limoges as Rodolfo in La Bohème, and the Opéra National de Paris as Cassio in Otello. In addition, Mr. Fabiano sang Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia at ENO, performed his first Verdi Requiem with the Columbus Symphony, and was the soloist for “O Holy Night” during the nationally televised Midnight mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Christmas day.
In the summer of 2010, Mr. Fabiano sang at the Fête du Vin Festival in Bordeaux, France, and performed in Central Park as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series.
Mr. Fabiano made his London debut at English National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto, his Metropolitan Opera debut as Raffaele in Verdi’s Stiffelio, and sang Alfredo in La Traviata at the Teatro San Carlo, and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Fort Worth Opera in the 2009/10 season.
The 2008/09 season, included Rodolfo in La Bohème which opened the 50th Anniversary Season of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and a concert performance of Respighi’s La Fiamma at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Further highlights of Michael Fabiano’s professional career include: his La Scala debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Rinuccio and the title role in Stravinsky’s Mavra at the Greek National Opera, his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in La Bohème, and his first La Traviata performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Opera New Jersey; all accomplished during the 2007/08 season.
Mr. Fabiano made his professional stage debut at the Klagenfurt Stadttheater in La Traviata in 2006, and his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007, as Don Antonio in Donizetti’s Dom Sébastiene with the Opera Orchestra of New York.
Noted with success in numerous vocal competitions, Mr. Fabiano was awarded the 2009 Grand Prize from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, is the First Prize winner in the 2008 Opera Index Awards, the Grand Prize winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the First Place winner in the 2007 Loren Zachary Competition; the recipient of a 2007 George London Foundation Encouragement Award to a Tenor in Memory of James McCracken, a 2007 Sarah Tucker Study Grant, First Prize winner of the 2006 Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition, the José Carreras Prize for the Best Tenor in the 2006 Julián Gayarre Competition in Pomplona, Spain, and the Grand Prize recipient of the 2005 Florida Grand Opera Competition Junior Division.
He is a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.