Wednesday, January 28, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Fast-rising tenor Michael Fabiano will sing at Mondavi on May 23

By
From page A11 | May 21, 2013 |

Just the ticket

Who: Tenor Michael Fabiano in recital with pianist John Churchwell

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23

Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis

Tickets: $35-$58 general, $17.50-$29 students; www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787

 

Tenor Michael Fabiano — fresh off a pair of much-praised appearances with the San Francisco Symphony earlier this month, and still feeling the glow from his critically acclaimed debut with the San Francisco Opera in September 2011 — will sing at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, joined by pianist John Churchwell.

Fabiano got the Mondavi date a few weeks ago when tenor David Lomelí, previously scheduled, had to drop out for health reasons.

Fabiano sang the Beethoven song cycle “An die ferne Geliebte” with the San Francisco Symphony on May 4, 5 and 9 — his debut with the orchestra. Critic Georgia Rowe of San Francisco Classical Voice mentioned the tenor’s “ardent, aristocratic tone … he evoked a world of sensuality in the spring breezes, verdant forests and soft twilights” described in the text by Alois Isidor Jeitteles, set to music by Beethoven.

Fabiano also appeared as tenor soloist in the San Francisco Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis on May 10 and 11, and Rowe said his singing “pulsed with drama.”

The tenor also got high marks for his appearance in Verdi’s “Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata” with the Opera Orchestra of New York in April, with Steve Smith of the New York Times praising Fabiano for “conveying bliss and dread through countenance and bearing as much as he did with his soaring, thrilling singing. Repeatedly, his superlative performance elicited unbridled responses from the audience” and suggesting that the evening “might have been summarized in a Twitter post: ‘Michael Fabiano OMG.’ ”

Last October, Fabiano sang the role of Casio in Verdi’s “Otello,” and the New York Post described him as a “gleaming tenor” and “a handsome star in the making … a magnetic presence that draws the eye.”

And many who saw his San Francisco Opera performance in a production of “Lucrezia Borgia” in September 2011 felt Fabiano nearly stole the show as Gennaro. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco commented on Fabiano “breathing vivid life into the role’s improbable conflicts and singing with both graceful lyricism and full-throated ardor.”

Fabiano told The Enterprise that “one of the big moments of my career has been singing ‘Lucrezia Borgia.’ … San Francisco has been a wonderful staple for me, I have am very grateful to them.”

For his Mondavi recital, Fabiano has scheduled arias from Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and “Il Corsaro,” from Massenet’s “Hèriodiade” and from Puccini’s “Le Villi.”

“I wanted to do some arias that are a little bit off the beaten path, but by well-known composers,” he said.

He’ll also be singing settings of four sonnets in French by Franz Liszt, as well as two songs in French by Paolo Tosti, a late 19th century/early 20th century composer known for his salon songs; he never completed an opera. Also planned are songs by Henri Duparc, another composer of the late Romantic period, best remembered for his art songs.

“The majority of the songs will be in French,” Fabiano said, adding that he likes to pick “music that speaks to me as a human being. … But the songs all communicate to different ends that can be shown on stage. I like to have a mix, I like to show a whole palette of options to the public. Which is why I present a few arias in addition to some meaty song repertory.”

Fabiano also recently told a San Francisco interviewer that “In the last year, I’ve developed more of a taste for recital literature than I had before. It’s exciting for me to be able to be presented in recital now, because it’s a totally different type of performance (as compared to opera). There’s nothing to support me but the piano, and it’s exciting!”

Accompanying Fabiano will be pianist John Churchwell, who has been head of music staff at the San Francisco Opera for the past two years. Churchwell previously served as assistant conductor for the Metropolitan Opera and the San Francisco Opera, and has performed as a recital accompanist with a number of notable artists through over the years.

“John Churchwell played for me in auditions at The Met when I was 22,” said Fabiano, who is now 29. “He is a friend.”

Fabiano has more major opera engagements coming up after Davis: He will sing Alfredo in “La Traviata” at Santa Fe Opera in July and August, then go on to sing Edgardo in “Lucia de Lammermor” at the Opèra National de Paris in September and October.

Tickets for Thursday’s performance are $35-$58 general, $17.50-$29 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8055.

 

 

 

 

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Police ID suspect in South Davis hit-and-run crash

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

     
    Art museum is a work of art itself

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Thieves swipe Gold Rush-era nuggets

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Blizzard-stricken East digs out amid second-guessing

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    UC Davis doctors strike

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    CASA seeks volunteers to advocate for kids

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Community invited to Fenocchio memorial

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Teens Take Charge program accepting applications

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    SHE to lead Center for Spiritual Living in sound healing

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Kiwanis Crab, Pasta Feed benefits local charities

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Registration open for PSA Day at Davis Media Access

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Brick sales will benefit Hattie Weber Museum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Take a hike with Tuleyome on Feb. 7

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    The Soup’s On for NAMI-Yolo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Sip wines at St. James’ annual tasting

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Capay Valley Almond Festival will tempt your taste buds

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    CSU chancellor calls for increasing graduation rates

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    State fails to track billions in mental health funds

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Rebekahs’ crab feed benefits local families

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Covered California enrollment events planned

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Learn pattern darning tips at guild meeting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Suds for a bug: Contest is over

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A7

    .

    Forum

    Family feels cut off here

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    It’s the final freedom

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    Move past the stereotypes

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    A stunning contradiction here

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Let’s speak with accuracy

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Think again on euthanasia

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Sports

    Lady Blue Devils take care of business

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devil snowboarders place second in short and slushy GS

    By Margo Roeckl | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Williams-less Gauchos will test Aggie men

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Davis club ruggers open with nationally celebrated Jesuit on Friday

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    DHS ski team takes second on a déjà vu day

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    Name droppers: Arboretum director wins leadership award

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Lemon tree, very pretty: Our most local fruit?

    By Dan Kennedy | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    .

    Arts

    Red Meat, Deke Dickerson bring rockabilly honky-tonk twang to The Palms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Granger Smith to play at The Davis Graduate

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Young musicians to perform Winter Concerto Concert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Art science speaker series event set for Feb. 5

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Death notice: Betty J. Cogburn

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B6