“The works that Donizetti and Verdi wrote between 1835 and 1875 are of great interest to me because they reveal a drastic development in musical architecture and drama, bringing instrumentation, harmony, and layers of text and music much closer to each other than they were in decades before. My album is but a taste of this big bel canto era”. Michael Fabiano
A world full of heartfelt tenderness and fire-laden drama
American star tenor Michael Fabiano presents a spectacular set of scenes taken from late Donizetti and middle Verdi operas, revealing the strong ties between these two composers.
The album documents a paradigmatic shift in Italian opera, from the beautiful lines and crispness of belcanto to a richer, more dramatic musical universe. The historical line stretches from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Poliuto and Maria di Rohan to mature Verdi operas such as Rigoletto and Un ballo in maschera. In many cases, Fabiano has selected original, rarely-heard versions, including the thunderous ‘Qual sangue sparsi’ from the original St. Petersburg edition of La Forza del Destino. Together, these arias and scenes constitute a world full of heartfelt tenderness and fire-laden drama. After numerous successes on the opera stage, this is Michael Fabiano’s debut album on PENTATONE.
He is accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Voices, conducted by Enrique Mazzola. Michael will donate 10% of his net proceeds from the sale of this recording to ArtSmart, a non for profit foundation that provides children access to free weekly one on one music lessons in underserved communities.
Release May 2019
(April 2019 in http://pentatonemusic.com/)
This album will be released as 1 Super Audio-CD and in digital formats for streaming and high resolution
Digital Worldwide release, 17 May 2019
Audio Resolution for digital files: DSD