Fabio Armiliato is one of the most important
Italian tenors of the last decade.
He was born in Genova and studied at the
Conservatorio “Niccolò Paganini” in his home town. He made his official
debut in 1984 as Gabriele Adorno in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra followed
by Spontini‘s La Vestale at the Teatro Pergolesi at Jesi.
After winning the first price at
the Tito Schipa competition in Lecce, his international career developed
rapidly and led him to the following opera houses: Teatro dell’Opera di
Roma: Ernani (title role), Tosca (Cavaradossi); Teatro Massimo
di Palermo: Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu); Teatro C: Felice di
Genova: Norma (Pollione); Opernhaus Zürich: Un Ballo di Maschera
(Riccardo); Frankfurt Opera: La Boheme (Rodolfo); Opèra de
Montpellier: Don Carlo (title role) and Simon Boccanegra
(Gabriele Adorno); De Vllamse Oper (Don Carlo, Macbeth and the Puccini Cycle
directed by R. Carsen: Tosca, La Boheme and Manon Lescaut).
In 1993 he made his debut at the
METROPOLITAN OPERA NEW YORK in Verdi‘s Il Trovatore (Manrico). He has
since appeared at the Met and also been on tour in Japan in the following
productions: Aida (Radames), Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu),
Simon Boccanegra (Gabriele Adorno), Don Carlo (Don Carlo),
Fedora (Loris) with M. Freni, Tosca (Cavaradossi) and Carmen
(Don Josè). Other milestones in the past years of Fabio Armilito‘s career
were his debut as Faust in Boito‘s Mefistofele conducted by M°
Riccardo Muti at the SCALA DI MILANO in 1995; Adriana Leucouvreur
(Maurizio) and Tosca (Cavaradossi) at the Teatro Colon de Buenos
Aires; Aida (Radames) and Il Trovatore (Manrico) at the San
Francisco Opera; Tosca (Cavaradossi) with Daniela Dessi’ at the
Chicago Lyric Opera , La Bohemé (Rodolfo) with Mirella Freni
at the Teatro Regio di Parma; Un Ballo di Maschera (Riccardo) and
Carmen (Don José) at the WIENER STAATSOPER, his concert debut at the
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE COVENT GARDEN and his triumphal debut at Carnegie Hall in
New York, in the title role of Donizetti's Poliuto conducted by M° E.
Queler. In 1999-2000 season he returned to Buenos Aires in an unforgettable
performances of Mefistofele with Samuel Ramey and after he had
another notable success at the MET in Aida and Cavalleria
Rusticana; then another important debut: La Fanciulla del West (Dick
Johnsson), in Nice and Montpellier, in a beautiful production by Giancarlo
Del Monaco. After, he was Ernani in Genoa and Vienna but the season
ended with one of the most incredible success in Fabio Armiliato's career:
Andrea Chénier in Nice with Daniela Dessì.
In summer 2000 he sang Aida at the ARENA di Verona and the following
season started with a standing ovation for his debut at the Washington Opera
in Il Trovatore conducted by Placido Domingo. After that, Un Ballo
in Maschera in Munchen conducted by M. Viotti, Aida in Berlin and
Bologna, and Don Carlo, Tosca and
Aida at Wiener Staatsoper. Armiliato began the 2000-01 season with
another role debut as Luigi in Puccini's Il Tabarro, followed again
with Andrea Chénier in Seville, acclaimed by audience and critics.
Then Tosca in Hamburg, Paris and Lecce before returning to the MET as
Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Daniela Dessì : the radio
broadcast of that performance has been considered the best of the season.
Armiliato returned to LA SCALA as Pinkerton in a successful series of
performances in Madama Butterfly and with Tosca in Arena di
Verona (summer 2002) he consolidated his artistic collaboration with Daniela
Dessì, which continued in the following seasons with Tosca in Moscow
in a tournèe with "Teatro dell'Opera di Roma", Madama Butterfly in
Palermo and Ancona, Andrea Chénier in Venice and Turin, Manon
Lescaut in Seville, Adriana Lecouvreur in Naples, Aida at
the Liceu in Barcelona,
Tosca at Teatro Real di Madrid,
Simon Boccanegra and Aida at "Festival Verdi" in Parma and
mainly the revival of one of the most important opera of the italian
“giovane scuola” period:
Francesca da Rimini
by Riccardo Zandonai, triumphally acclaimed by audiences and critics at
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in 2003 and at Sferisterio di Macerata in 2004.
In 2004 he starred with D.
Dessì in the Centenary production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in
Torre del Lago and Tokyo. He sang Don Carlo in two productions
conducted by Zubin Mehta in Munchen and at Maggio Musicale in Florence and
again he proposed the role of Andrea Chenier in different productions:
in Bologna, Bilbao, Palermo and Vienna and critics crowned him as "The best
Chenier of our days (G.C. Landini - L'OPERA)". Highlights of 2005-2006
Fanciulla del West in Torre del Lago, Don Carlo at Theatre du
Capitol in Toulouse and at Wiener Staatsoper, la Manon Lescaut in
Parma and at Berlin D. O. and
his return at Milan LA SCALA in an acclaimed production of Tosca (Cavaradossi)
conducted by Lorin Mazel and with Daniela Dessì in the title role. The
season ended with Madama Butterfly in Barcelona and in Arena di
Season 2006-2007 started with a revival of Don Carlo (5 acts) in Munich
followed by an outstanding Tosca in Seoul and in Rome at Auditorio
della Conciliazione. Manon Lescaut in Barcelona and Wien were
acclaimed successes, then Turandot in Baden Baden conducted by V.
Gergiev and his return in La Scala with Adriana Lecouvreur were
received with and enthusiastic unanimous success of audience and critics.
Fabio Armiliato has
already worked with all major international conductors such as J. Levine, R.
Muti, B. Bartoletti, M. Chung, L. Mazel, G. Sinopoli, N. Santi, D. Oren, M.
Viotti, D. Renzetti, S. Sutej, F. Luisi, S. Young, C. Badea, C. Rizzi, E.
Queler, M. Benini, D. Gatti, V. Gergiev and R. Palumbo.
He won many important
acknowledgements for his international career and his rich discography
includes DVDs and CDs recordings for the major labels.
Other information and a full chronology
of his performances can be found in his web site: www.fabioarmiliato.com