Recipient of the 2014 Beverly Sills Artist Award and the 2014 Richard Tucker Award, Michael Fabiano is the first singer to win both awards in the same year. In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Fabiano makes his debut at Houston Grand Opera in the title role of Gounod’s Faust, sings Jean in Massenet’s rarely performed Hérodiade with Washington Concert Opera, and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for performances as Rodolfo in La Bohème and Alfredo in La Traviata. Mr. Fabiano will also be the guest soloist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert, and perform in the Met’s 50th Anniversary Gala at Lincoln Center. Additional performances include a series of solo recitals within the United States.
Last season, he added four new roles to his repertory: Rodolfo in Luisa Miller, which he performed to open the San Francisco Opera season, Lenski in Eugene Onegin, which marked Mr. Fabiano’s Royal Opera debut, the title role in Don Carlo, at San Francisco Opera, and Jacopo in Verdi’s I due Foscari, in concert performances at the Teatro Real. He starred as Rodolfo in a new production of La Bohème at the Opernhaus Zurich and performed as the Duke in Rigoletto at Opéra Bastille with the Opéra National de Paris.
Highlights of recent seasons include his debut with Opera Australia in the title role of Faust; an appearance as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera, where he replaced an ailing colleague on seven hours’ notice; and starring in the title role of Donizetti’s rarely-performed Poliuto at Glyndebourne in the first professionally staged production in the history of the United Kingdom. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut during the May 2013 Beethoven festival.
Mr. Fabiano can be heard on the “Prologue” to Shostakovich’s Orango, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen on Deutsche Grammophon; on two recently-released DVDs: Alfredo in La Traviata from the Glyndebourne Festival on Opus Arte, and Cassio in Otello from the Metropolitan Opera on Decca, and Gennaro in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia from the San Francisco Opera on EuroArts and Naxos of America.
Mr. Fabiano is the recipient of Australia’s Helpmann Award in the Best Male Performance in an Opera category, for his portrayal of the title role in Gounod’s Faust with Opera Australia. He is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Artists’ Council. Mr. Fabiano is also a Brand Ambassador for Jeffrey Rudes, luxury Italian clothing.