Italian tenor Paolo Fanale makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2015/16 Season as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi).
Fanale was born in Palermo in 1982 and studied at the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini and with Domenico Sanfilippo and Miqual San Moreno. He made his operatic debut in Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden with Ute Lemper at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, and has since sung in major opera houses around the world. Notable performances include Fenton for Opéra national du Rhin, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris Opéra, Dutch National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Hylas (Les Troyens) for La Scala, Milan, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) in Tokyo, Florence and Genoa, Ferrando (Così fan tutte) in Helsinki, for Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera and in Tokyo, Tito (La clemenza di Tito) in Reggio Emilia and Modena, Arbace (Idomeneo) in Paris, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) for Norwegian National Opera, Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) for Theater an der Wien, Rodolfo (La bohème), Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia) in Padua, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) in Helsinki and Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) on tour in Italy.
Fanale's many awards include first prize at the 2008 International Singing Competition of Toulouse. His concert appearances include Mozart’s Requiem in Paris under Kurt Masur and with the Orchestra Nazionale della Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Rossini’s Stabat Mater on tour in Italy and Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus.