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Possente amor li chiama

Congratulations to Michael Fabiano and Bryan L. McCalister, who have just announced their engagement.

Telecast: La Traviata

Michael Fabiano and Sonya Yoncheva star in Great Performances at the Met’s telecast of La Traviata tonight at 9:00 PM in the New York area. (Elsewhere check your local listings.)

Tenors gone wild

Among several fine productions at Aix this summer, Dmitri Tcherniakov’s brilliantly conceived and executed Carmen proved a game changer.  Read more »

Mike the knife

Those interested in sampling Michael Fabiano‘s “glowering demeanor” and “sensitive, vibrant lyric tenor” in Carmen  (NYT)  may do so so via ARTE.

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Blossoming even as we gaze

When did he get to be a spinto? When did he grow to be so tall?

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Mister Fabulous, that’s you

Mr. Fabiano proceeded to pour gasoline over the audience and toss a lit match into the crowd with his rendition of “Granada.”

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You give me fever

Mortality is ugly—it smells, it makes uncomfortable noises, it takes its time; and then there is the overwhelming sense of dread and helplessness.

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You can’t hide your lion eyes

The UK’s first-ever production of Poliuto, now available from Opus Arte on DVD, set the lions of Rome among the lambs of Glyndebourne.

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Four faints in five acts

That little place just two hours from the city is on the list of things I shall never understand, like the plot of Parsifal.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one

Gala this; gala that; who knew rich people wore clothes so badly?

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