Fabio Armiliato: The youth of today is in great need of good example and role modele to follow.

Fabio Armiliato is one of the most important tenors on the international opera scene, acclaimed for his voice, his high register and connate musicality, further his dramatic performances and the charisma which defines his characters. He was born in Genoa where he graduates at the Niccolò Paganini Conservatoire. During his carrer he studied vocal and technical perfection with Maestro Franco Corelli. His debut in Simon Boccanegra of Verdi made his career start quickly and took him to face the most important roles in several famous theatre’s in the word, as the Metropolitan Opera House of New York, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, L’Opéra de Paris, the San Francisco Opera House, Teatro Real in Madrid and the Wiener Staatsoper.
Passioned and exciting, thanks to his performances as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, for which he’s considered the tenor of most recall, he had great success in theatre’s as Arena of Verona, Teatro Real in Madrid, the Fenice of Venice and during a very important Japanese tour with the Opera of Rome.
As Mario Cavaradossi he came back to sing at La Scala, conducted by Lorin Maazel, and to the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden in London, under Antonio Pappano’s baton.
Among several success during these last seasons, mostly important is it’s debut in La forza del destino at the Opéra of Monte Carlo, La Fanciulla del West in Rome (unforgettable his encore of Ch’ella mi creda during the 1st performance) and Tosca at Caracalla, where he celebrates 20 years from his debut in Caracalla.
Between 2009-2010 he started with Turandot, at the completely re-built Petruzzelli-Theatre in Bari. He performed also with enormous success and unanimous ovation the role of Rodolfo in Luisa Miller at the Opernhaus in Zürich. Then, he was in the main male character in a new production of La Fanciulla del West, at Puccini Festival, for the 100th anniversary of this opera together at the soprano Daniela Dessì.
The 2011 starts with the expected and great debut in Otello at the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liége. After this, he received the 1st Tito Schipa International Award on August 3rd in Ostuni as well as the honorary citizenship of Recanati, in the name of Beniamino Gigli.
In the following years, as well as being present in the most important opera houses, in opera productions and concerts, he began to manage mastercalss and teaching the art of singing.
In 2017 he became ambassador in the world of Genoa, his hometown, and in 2018 was awarded the honor of knight of Malta for artistic and humanitarian merits.
Often he has been protagonist of several television programs dedicated to the dissemination of operatic art, several recordings, sporting and charitable activities related to the National Italian Singers Football Team, Fabio Armiliato has also made his debut as a leading film actor in the Woody Allen film entitled “To Rome with Love” reciting next to the same director. In recent years he has designed the musical project “RecitalCantango” which sees him as the protagonist of a show dedicated to the art of Tango.

Thank you for accepting our invitation, M° Armiliato! It’s an honour and a pleasure to be able to talk to you.  

Remembering the beginnings… Do you remember your first encounter with opera music or the moment you decided to step on this path? Who were the singers that were inspiring you at the time and what would you tell your 20 year ago self about this vocation if you could?

I was fortunate enough to be born into a family that was very strong on education, including musical education and especially passionate about opera. I started by listening to records of the opera greats such as Beniamino Gigli, Mario del Monaco, Tito Schipa, Renata Tebaldi, Maria Callas, Ettore Bastianini… My father taught me how to understand the beauty of opera, to listen to the differences between one singer and another so I could appreciate their qualities. It was an amazing training which really allowed me to grow my own critical skills. There were a few singers I listened to in my teens who were particularly influential in inspiring my love of singing: as mentioned before, Beniamino Gigli, but especially Carlo Bergonzi and Franco Corelli. I especially referred to Bergonzi when I was preparing my debut in the Forza del Destino by Verdi, which I would consider one of my most successful debuts. On the other hand I would consider Corelli my favourite maestro.

We can’t help but wonder,what was it like to study under the guidance of the great Franco Corelli? Is there an important moment with him that you would like to share with us that you remember of teaching or friendship?
Corelli was a great source of inspiration from the moment I heard his recordings and I was also able to get to know him personally: he was one of the most significant maestros for me for my vocal training. Before I met him in New York, I studied with Rina del Monaco who provided with some of the most important technical foundations that she herself had learnt directly from Maestro Melocchi. Franco Corelli developed with this legendary vocal technique, learning it through a friend who studied with him, which I would never have been able to study directly with Maestro Melocchi. My discussions and lessons with Franco Corelli are the most beautiful memories for me because we could talk about every last detail of vocal technique. He was always very attentive, generous and full of helpful advice, and actually under his guidance that I debuted Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan in New York, and I also studied operas like Carm, Cavalleria Rusticana, Andrea Chénier and Turandot with him.

Read the entire interview here, in the 4th/2021 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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