21 February 2014
Tenor Michael Fabiano Named as Recipient of Met's Ninth Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award
Tenor Michael Fabiano was named today as the recipient of the ninth annual Beverly Sills Award for young singers, an accolade annually bestowed by the Metropolitan Opera that carries a $50,000 prize, making it the largest award of its kind in the United States.
Designated for a gifted singer between the ages of 25 and 40 who has already appeared in a featured solo role at the Met, the prize, given in honor of of the late Beverly Sills, is intended to help further recipients' careers by providing funding for voice lessons, vocal coaching, language lessons, travel costs and other professional assistance. Established in 2006 with an endowment gift from former Met board member Agnes Varis, who died in 2011, the Beverly Sills Artist Award has previously been given to baritone Nathan Gunn (2006), mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (2007), tenor Matthew Polenzani (2008), bass John Relyea (2009), soprano Susanna Phillips (2010), mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (2011), soprano Angela Meade (2012) and tenor Bryan Hymel (2013). Fabiano, 29, one of the youngest singers to have received the award, made his Met debut in 2010 as Raffaele in the company's production of Verdi's Stiffelio, though he first gained notice as a winner of the 2007 Met National Council Auditions and through Susan Froemke film documenting the competition, The Audition.
"I am profoundly honored to be the recipient of the 2014 Beverly Sills Award," said Fabiano in a statement issued today by the Met. "Ms. Sills was one of the greatest artists ever produced by this country. Not only was she an extraordinary singing actress, as evidenced in her portrayals of such roles as Lucia di Lammermoor, Queen Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux, and Manon, but her gifts for arts advocacy created a new recognition for the excellence of the American singer. I am deeply grateful to the Metropolitan Opera, and the Agnes Varis Trust in memory of Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman, for granting me this award."
Fabiano is currently singing the role of Alfred in the Met's new production of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus. In March, he will sing Corrado in a Washington Concert Opera performance of Il Corsaro, and, in May, he will take on the title role in performances of Gounod's Faust at Netherlands Opera.
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