Michael Fabiano - Verdi / Donizetti album release
American star tenor Michael Fabiano presents a spectacular set of scenes taken from late Donizetti and middle Verdi operas, revealing the strong ties between these two composers. The album documents a paradigmatic shift in Italian opera, from the beautiful lines and crispness of belcanto to a richer, more dramatic musical universe. The historical line stretches from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Poliuto and Maria di Rohan to mature Verdi operas such as Rigoletto and Un ballo in maschera. In many cases, Fabiano has selected original, rarely-heard versions, including the thunderous ‘Qual sangue sparsi’ from the original St. Petersburg edition of La Forza del Destino. Together, these arias and scenes constitute a world full of heartfelt tenderness and fire-laden drama.
After numerous successes on the opera stage, this is Michael Fabiano’s debut album on PENTATONE. He is accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Voices, conducted by Enrique Mazzola. Michael will donate 10% of his net proceeds from the sale of this recording to ArtSmart, a non for profit foundation that provides children access to free weekly one on one music lessons in underserved communities.
Michael Fabiano is one of the most exciting American operatic personalities today. His Don José in a recent new Aix-enProvence 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 seasons. A triumphant journey still unfolding, Michael Fabiano is quickly on the ascent to further greatness.