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Light up the sky

Either tonight’s concert performance of I Lombardi by Opera Orchestra of New York was a “star is born” moment for Michael Fabiano, or else there is no such thing as a “star is born” moment any more. La Cieca, who always tries to look on the bright side, will simply that Fabiano sang the way opera is supposed to be sung: warm, ardent, full-throated, fully Italianate… but only to the top, not over.

Our Own JJ will have more to say about the performance later this week via the electrons of Musical America, but La Cieca will simply add, “You should have been there.”

Photo: Arielle Doneson

90 comments

  • arepo says:

    After last night’s triumph from Michael Fabiano, I am a strong believer. That man can SING!
    His after-death aria, which was performed on the second tier, was nothing short of spectacular.
    He was very pleased with the well-deserved stomping and bravos that were hurled his way non-stop.

    Unlike another who dissed Meade, I must say that I was more than thrilled with her. I think two reasons were involved. The first being that it was a concert version and no acting was necessary which strengthened her performance.
    Not being familiar with the opera and having nothing to compare her exquisitely rendered arias with any other soprano to see whether she was singing off key
    or not, I truly was pleased with her voice. She has a wonderful way with pianissimos.
    The entire evening was one that was very fulfilling and a mention must be made of the magnificent chorale which did a bang up job with some rather intricate singing.

    • zinka says:

      Opera used to be this way a lot more…Those Fraus,Elektras,Cheniers,etc…..This perf.showed what a cast can do to make people ROAR…Rarely happens anymore……

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  • papopera says:

    He’s quite classically handsome, have you been able to ascertain if he has a big basket in addition to his voice ??