Verdi & Donizetti Opera Arias with Michael Fabiano is his debut recording on Pentatone. The album also features the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Enrique Mazzola and the London Voices with Chorus Master Terry Edwards.
From my first days of study in opera, I’ve always had a deep intrigue with the era of late bel canto leading into Verdi’s works. The late bel canto era of opera (1835 and beyond) is a reckoning in time of a paradigm shift in operatic composition. The beautiful line of Bellini or crispness of Rossini gave way to the fire-laden later works of Donizetti. And it’s in this fire that Verdi’s works become even more relevant. A keen listening to Ernani and Poliuto next to each other reveals a symbiosis of sonority between the two composers. 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