Michael Fabiano

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Michael Fabiano (courtesy of Dario Acosta)

Michael Fabiano (born 8 May 1984) is an American operatic tenor. Born in Montclair, New Jersey, he has performed in leading opera houses throughout the world, including the San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Canadian Opera Company, Teatro Real, English National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dresden Semperoper and Teatro di San Carlo.

Early years[edit]

Fabiano was a champion high school debater for Benilde-St. Margaret's high school in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2005 with a bachelors degree in Vocal Performance. During his time there, he studied under the tenor George Shirley. He has also studied extensively with soprano Julia Faulkner. In the summer following graduation, he was an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera, and in the autumn of that year he began his studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He has extensive collaboration with his mentors, Laurent Philippe and Danielle Orlando, to date.


Fabiano made his professional stage debut in 2007 at the Klagenfurt Stadttheater as Alfredo in La traviata. In the same year, he made role debuts of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and the title role of Mavra in Stravinsky's Mavra at the Greek National Opera. 2006 marked Fabiano's concert debut at Carnegie Hall as Don Antonio in Dom Sébastien with the Opera Orchestra of New York and conductor Eve Queler.[1] In the beginning of 2008, Fabiano made his La Scala debut as Rinuccio in a production conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra as Rodolfo in La bohème, with the Minnesota Orchestra as Alfredo, and with Opera New Jersey as Alfredo followed. Fabiano has performed at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples where he was seen as both Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Alfredo in La traviata. Il Duca in Rigoletto served as his role and opera house debut at English National Opera.[2] January 2010 brought his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Raffaele in Stiffelio.[3] Additionally, Fabiano has performed Rodolfo in La bohème with the Kansas City Lyric Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Opera Colorado, and the tenor soloist of Rossini's Stabat Mater in Spoleto.

During the 2010/11 season he made several international debuts, most notably as the duke in Rigoletto at the Dresden Semperoper, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Vancouver Opera, Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia at the English National Opera in the world's first 3D LIVE Broadcast throughout Europe,[4] and as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Opéra de Limoges. In addition, Fabiano performed in his first Verdi Requiem with the Columbus Symphony. The season continued with debuts with the ABAO company in Bilbao as Edgardo and the Paris Opéra as Cassio in Verdi's Otello.

His 2011/12 appearances[5] began with a debut at the San Francisco Opera singing Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia opposite soprano Renée Fleming. Other debuts in the season included performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as the Doctor in Shotakovich's newly discovered "Orango", Oper Köln in the Verdi Requiem, Teatro Real as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac, Wiener Symphoniker in Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Florida Grand Opera as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. 2012/13 featured appearances at the Seattle Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, at Opera Lyra in the same role, in concert with the Deutsche Oper Berlin for their annual AIDS gala, in concert with the Oslo Philharmonic in a televised performance of the Verdi Requiem, the Festival Casals in performances of the Verdi Requiem, the San Francisco Symphony in a series of Beethoven evenings featuring "An die ferne geliebte" and the "Missa Solemnus", and a duo of recitals with the "Jewel Series" in Kansas City alongside of pianist, Laurent Philippe and at the Mondavi Center with pianist John Churchwell.

He appearanced as Alfredo in La traviata during The Santa Fe Opera's[5] summer 2013 festival season,[6] while he will repeat that role in Glyndebourne Opera Festival's 2014 season in a new production.

The 2013/14 season[5] has so far featured his return to the Paris Opera in critically acclaimed performances of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, a debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Rodolfo in La bohème, a concert performance of the Verdi Requiem at the San Francisco Opera in the conjunction with Teatro di San Carlo, a Kennedy Center Recital debut with pianist Danielle Orlando, a new production of Die Fledermaus as Alfred at the Metropolitan Opera and the title role of Corrado in Verdi's rarely-performed Il corsaro with the Washington Concert Opera.[7]

Later performances[8] include a new production and professional debut in Faust with the Netherlands Opera. This season, Fabiano has received the highly distinguished Beverly Sills Artist Award, presented by the Metropolitan Opera.

Although announced unofficially, the 2015 season of the Glyndebourne Festival will present a new production of the rare-performed Poliuto by Donizetti, with the support of the Peter Moores Foundation [9] and Fabiano will sing the title role.[10]


  • 2005: Grand Prize winner of the Florida Grand Opera Competition
  • 2006: First Prize winner in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition and a grand prize winner (and winner of the special Tenor Prize) in the Julián Gayarre Competition in Pamplona, Spain.[11]
  • 2007: A Grand Prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Fabiano appears in a 2007 feature documentary film, The Audition, which tracked the lives and progress of the winners and participants of the Met's National Council Auditions.[12]
  • 2007: First Prize Winner of the Loren Zachary Competition and a Sarah Tucker Grant Recipient
  • 2008: Winner of the First Prize of the Opera Index Awards
  • 2009: Grand Prize winner from the Gerda Lissner Foundation
  • 2014: The Beverly Sills Artist Award
  • 2014: Richard Tucker Award


  1. ^ "An Opera Returns, Like the Tide" by Bernard Holland, The New York Times, April 9, 2006
  2. ^ BBC News (September 22, 2009 ). "Opera Mafia Style"
  3. ^ Willian R. Braun, Opera News, April, 2010
  4. ^ Roddy, Michael (February 23, 2011), "It's not over 'til the tenor sings – now in 3D". Reuters
  5. ^ a b c "Calendar: Performances" on michaelfabianotenor.com
  6. ^ Santa Fe Opera's cast list for La traviata
  7. ^ Anne Midgette, "Tenor Michael Fabiano leads Washington Concert Opera’s Il corsaro, The Washington Post, 10 March 2014
  8. ^ Upcoming performances on michaelfabianotenor.com
  9. ^ Mark Brown, "Littlewoods heir's philanthropy to end after 50 years: Through his charitable foundation Peter Moores has given £215m to a wide range of projects, from arts to education", The Guardian (London), 3 December 2012
  10. ^ "We hear that.....", in Opera (London), February 2014, Volume 65 No. 2
  11. ^ Concurso internacional de canto Julián Gayarre. 2006 Winners
  12. ^ The Metropolitan Opera, January 2010

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