Parlando: The COC Blog

9/19/2013

The Three Tenors: Meet Dimitri Pittas, Eric Margiore and Michael Fabiano

(l – r) Vuyani Mlinde as Colline, Michael Sumuel as Schaunard, Dimitri Pittas as Rodolfo and Joshua Hopkins as Marcello in the Canadian Opera Company/Houston Grand Opera (HGO)/San Francisco Opera co-production of La Bohème, 2012, HGO. Photo: Felix Sanchez

When the Canadian Opera Company's 2013 production of La Bohème premieres this October at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, do you know who your Rodolfo will be?

You have a choice between three charming tenors: Michael FabianoEric Margiore and Dimitri Pittas.

Toronto audiences may be familiar with American tenor Dimitri Pittas from his recent and memorable appearance with the COC for 2010's Rigoletto as the smarmy Duke of Mantua. Before he made his role debut at the COC, Dimitri was an apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Since then he has performed at the Met in many romantic and tragic lead roles. The popular young tenor was also cast as Rodolfo by one of our co-producers, Houston Grand Opera, in its performance of this production last year (see photo above.) Dimitri returns to the COC this winter, making his role debut as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera alongside Adrianne Pieczonka's role debut as Amelia. Learn more about Dimitri on his website, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook. You can also meet Dimitri in our Artist Basics post. 

Dimitri will be performing on October 3, 6, 9 and 12, opposite Italian soprano Grazia Doronzio as Mimì.

Italian-American tenor Eric Margiore makes his COC debut as the romantic Rodolfo this fall after recently performing the same role at the St. Margarethen Opera Festival and Central City Opera. Professionally trained at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Glimmerglass Opera and Chautauqua Opera young artist programs, Eric is also an accomplished recitalist, having recently performed in Verdi's Requiem twice this year, once alongside celebrated soprano Angela Meade at the Grand Teton Music Festival, and another with the Stockton Symphony Orchestra. Learn more about Eric on his website

Eric performs on October 18, 22, 25 and 29, opposite Italian soprano Grazia Doronzio as Mimì.

Making his COC debut is American Michael Fabiano, an internationally recognized tenor and graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Michael won the Grand Prize in the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions in 2007 and quickly went on to debut around the world at La Scala, the English National Opera, Teatro San Carlo, San Francisco Opera and more. This busy tenor joins us as Rodolfo this October, a week after he finishes his run as Edgardo in L'Opéra national de Paris's production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Learn more about Michael on his website, and follow him on Twitter and Facebook

Michael performs on October 16, 19, 27 and 30, opposite Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury as Mimì.

La Bohème runs from October 3 to October 30 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Visit our La Bohème performance page for more information and to purchase tickets. 

Photos: (top) (l – r) Vuyani Mlinde as Colline, Michael Sumuel as Schaunard, Dimitri Pittas as Rodolfo and Joshua Hopkins as Marcello in the Houston Grand Opera's 2012 production of La Bohème. Photo by Felix Sanchez; (middle) Dimitri Pittas. Photo by Kristin Hoebermann; (middle) Eric Margiore; (middle) Michael Fabiano.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001