10 April 2014

Tenor Michael Fabiano Named as Winner of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award

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Tenor Michael Fabiano, 29, has been named as the winner of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award, the Richard Tucker Musical Foundation announced today. 

Bestowed each year by a panel of opera-industry professionals, the award carries the Tucker Foundation's most generous cash prize of $50,000 and is given to an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Previous winners of the prize have included Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Stephanie Blythe, David Daniels and Joyce DiDonato. 

"I am profoundly honored to have been named the recipient of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award," said Fabiano, who is currently in Amsterdam where he is preparing to sing the title role in a new Dutch National Opera production of Faust. "As an American tenor, I am in awe of all that Richard Tucker accomplished as one of the greatest tenors who ever lived and as an ambassador for opera throughout the world. It is a privilege to be a part of the legacy that he created, and I am deeply grateful to Barry Tucker and the Richard Tucker Foundation for the faith they have placed in me."

This season, Fabiano sang Edgardo in Paris Opera performances of Lucia di Lammermoor before traveling to Toronto to make his company debut as Rodolfo in Canadian Opera Company performances of Bohème. In October, after singing in a performance of Verdi's Requiem at San Francisco Opera, the tenor sang Nemorino in Maggio Musicale Fiorentino performances of L'Elisir d'Amore. On New Year's Eve, the tenor took on the role of Alfred in a new production of Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera. Fabiano has also made house debuts at Madrid's Teatro Real, Teatro alla Scala, Dresden Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National Opera and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Following the Faust performances in Amsterdam, Fabiano make his debut at Glyndebourne, where he will sing Alfredo in the company's new production of La Traviata. During the 2014-15 season, he will make his debut at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu as Traviata's Alfredo before singing Faust with the Australian Opera and Rodolfo at San Francisco Opera. A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Fabiano graduated from Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In February, Fabiano was named as the recipient of the Metropolitan Opera's Ninth Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award, and, in 2007, he was the recipient of a Sarah Tucker Study Grant as well as a winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  

"I was bowled over when I saw Michael Fabiano last year in I Lombardi with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Avery Fisher Hall," said Barry Tucker, son of the Brooklyn-born tenor and president of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. "Not only is he an exceptional singer, but he has the extraordinary ability to excite audiences and bring them to the edge of their seats. We believe he has a bright future ahead of him, and we are thrilled to have him as our 2014 Richard Tucker Award winner." 

In addition to Fabiano's prize, the Tucker Foundation also announced eight recipients of its Career and Study Grants, who were selected this week by a panel of judges following auditions at the 92nd Street Y. Winners of the Tucker Career Grants, each of whom will receive a $10,000 prize, include bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, tenor Anthony Kalil and soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen; winners of the Foundation's Study Grants, which are meant to encourage singers displaying great promise at the start of their professional careers with $5,000 prizes, include tenor Benjamin Bliss, baritone Anthony Clark Evans, bass Patrick Guetti, countertenor John Holiday, and soprano Amanda Woodbury. spacer

More information can be found at RichardTucker.org, MichaelFabianoTenor.com and the OPERA NEWS Archives (here and here).

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