"I didn't start out as young at opera," he says. Fast Fabian and take a look into the past. Remember that the first thing he saw was “a Traviata at the Teatro Argentino de La Plata. It was the same one that, when it was performed some time later, he was already in the choir. "Seeing that play for the first time was a huge blow, all those people on stage ... I knew something but had never seen anything live." Then, the turns of life and dedication: he studied at ISATC, he perfected himself in the United States and positioned himself as one of the leading figures of his generation and a baritone of excellence, he traveled the world.
Last year he starred Rigoletto, the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, in a production of the Teatro Colón that inaugurated the lyrical season. Now, with the theaters closed and the quarantine still in force, Rigoletto opens via streaming. It will be tomorrow, Sunday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m., on the platform Culture at Home, free and free. “I have high expectations. Although we will see it from the armchair at home, we will relive it. It is one of the many magical nights at the Teatro Colón ”, he confesses.
The set is a production of the Teatro Colón that started the lyrical season 2019 and had the musical direction of the maestro Maurizio Benini at the head of the Stable Orchestra of the Teatro Colón and the stage direction of Jorge Takla. The cast was made up of great interpreters. In addition to Speedy in the role of Rigoletto, also the tenor Pavel Valuzhin playing The Duke of Mantua, Ekaterina Siurina Castronovo in the role of Gilda and Guadalupe Barrientos like Maddalena.
“It is a way of bringing opera closer to people who might never go to a theater to see such a show. I have friends who have nothing to do with the opera and I have made sure to notify them. It is a way to enter that world of opera. It's like word of mouth, "he says to Infobae Culture, and adds: "Rigoletto It is one of Verdi's most difficult works, for me it is the most difficult. From the vocal and the acting you have to be one hundred percent. It is a very loaded role, but it is a satisfaction to do so. I have interpreted it many times. I should be in Beijing now, representing him, ”and he laughs. Quarantine. It will be later. Beijing can wait.
He says he does not have many things to envy the rest of the world because "the same artistic language is used." However, he acknowledges that “we are one step behind in terms of figures perhaps. And then there are more gifted theaters than ours. Technical things that are difficult to achieve in other settings. When you are growing there are fewer productions that surprise you, because you look more on the critical side, not criticizing but the technical question ”.
Fast Fabian he speaks from Ayacucho. He lives in Buenos Aires, but it was a weekend to visit the family and he decided to stay and quarantine there. "There is no case here, so you can go for a walk, always respecting schedules and distances," he says. His voice is his instrument, with which "you have to take care of yourself because of the cold," he says. “I took the first part of the quarantine as a break. I thought that, as they said, it was going to last fifteen or twenty days. Later in my house I started to vocalize, to sing, not every day. I sit at the piano and sing. The breaks also do us good, ”he adds.
How will art and culture change after this pandemic? “I think this is going to mark a beginning and an end. I think an era is coming because many things are going to change in the relationship between artists and theaters, for example. And also art is going to have to review some things. Doing a recital in an empty theater via streaming would be a very strange thing but it could happen. Now, anyway, I think things could be done live. For example, putting a singer and some musicians, respecting the distances, in a square. I think that could be done perfectly, "he suggests.
* Tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. on the platform Culture at Home "Rigoletto" can be seen for free.