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Don Carlo: "Ella giammai m'amò" -- Ferruccio Furlanetto (Met Opera)
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Opera News honors Ferruccio Furlanetto. In a special tribute Louise T. Guinther says honoree, Ferruccio Furlanetto, has a "vocal quality that couldn't come from anyone else." Read the full article here.
You can look at the photos from the Opera News Awards here.
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King Ferruccio et al.
More press about Don Carlo
Published April 17 2015
What opera should you take to the desert island? – asks Fred Plotkin at WQXR . - Don Carlo with Ferruccio Furlanetto:
“For the towering role of King Philip II, it would have to be Ferruccio Furlanetto and no one else. I have seen many great Philips in my time but no other bass has so completely essayed this complex character who can rule half the world yet cannot manage the complexities of his own household. Furlanetto weds Shakespearian acting to powerfully tragic music sung in a way that is alive to each moment but also attuned to the grandeur and pathos in Verdi’s art” You can read more here.
“The great Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto owns the role of the isolated, ruthless Philip II” – points again Antony Tommasini at the New York Times listings.
Fortunately, Ferruccio Furlanetto, a chillingly authoritarian Philip, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, a glamorously voiced Rodrigo, are standard-bearers in their roles. (New Yorker)
Ferruccio Furlanetto found a fresh, sharp bitterness in King Philip’s music – adds The Observer
Ferruccio Furlanetto and Dmitri Hvorostovsky gave stirring performances as King Philip II and Don Rodrigo respectively. …The opera’s last act contains some of the best music for both characters and the ovations they each received at the end of their respective arias was long lasting and well deserved. Furlanetto was attuned to the King’s mood swings. It is for this reason that King Philip is the most interesting character in the opera. As needed, Furlanetto sounded ferocious in his warnings to Don Rodrigo and equally poignant in his Act III “Ella giammai m'amò.” Gregory Moomjy for the Operaclick
Furlanetto’s Philip is as good as anyone’s anything. At this point, it has virtually no competition. … it’s all there: the beauty, the gravity, the diction, the subtlety, the technical security, the pathos, the volume. … his voice has a natural and potent glow – writes Jay Nordlinger at the Newcriterion.com
This opera lives or dies by its principal singers, and the MET has assembled a cast of impressive soloists headed by the amazing Ferruccio Furlanetto, who these days owns the role of Philip II. His deep bass has matured into the kind of instrument that is able to express the anguish of a character who has married a woman who has never loved him, and raised a son who threatens his power. His failure as a husband is now compounded with the thought that in order to save his kingdom he might have to sacrifice his son. Mr. Furlanetto beautifully conveys the character's agony as he realizes the church might not be able to absolve him of the murder of his first born. His is one of the great opera characterizations of our times. - impressions from the Wagner operas blog
There is three more performances of Don Carlo left For more information and tickets
Gremin at the Royal Opera House
Addition to the 2015-16 season
Published April 16 2015
The Royal Opera House announced their 2015-16 season. Don’t miss Ferruccio Furlanetto who will be singing Gremin in Eugeny Onegin under the baton of Semyon Bychkov.
Tchaikovsky’s most famous opera is given an elegiac telling in Kasper Holten’s production. In the cast: Eugene Onegin – Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Tatyana – Nicole Car, Lensky – Michael Fabiano, Olga – Oksana Volkova. Performances on December 19, 22, 30 2015 and January 2, 4.
Solo Recital for the Grand Opening
Ferruccio Furlanetto will open the Concert program of the Stars of the White Nights
Published April 15 2015
On May 27 Ferruccio Furlanetto will be opening the concert program Of The Stars of the White Nights Festival at the Mariinsky Concert hall in St.Petersburg with his Russian program.
This program, which he will be also presenting in Moscow next season, includes romances and songs by Rahmaninov and Mussorgsky with the “Songs and Dances of Death” at the end. At the piano - Igor Tchetuev. This cycle was recently released by Furlanetto in orchestra version with Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky orchestra at the Mariinsky label.
Don Quichotte Again
Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to St.Petersburg for his acclaimed part
Published April 13 2015
Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing Don Quichotte in the Massenet's opera at the Mariinsky theater on May 22.
The Don Quichotte project is one of the most successful collaborations between Valery Gergiev and Ferruccio Furlanetto. The highly successful Don Quichotte story in Mariinsky had started in 2010 with a concert performance of Massenet’s opera in which Ferruccio Furlanetto triumphed. After several successful concert performances in St.Petersburg and Moscow and recording on Mariinsky label (it got Grammy nomination) it was staged by Yannis Kokkos. The production was done for Furlanetto from the first scratch and his stellar performances captivated the public and press completely.
“Furlanetto, with his ‘noble’ voice, quiet and expressive in its every sound, is majestic and, at the same time, penetrates the soul with some kind of translucent purity, appearing as some rare and priceless ‘antique’ in the production.” ( Irina Muravieva, Rossijskaya Gazeta). You can read more press here and here.
This time in the cast: Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte), Irina Shishkova (The Beautiful Dulcinée), Andrei Serov (Sancho Pança), Eleonora Vindau (Pedro), Regina Rustamova (Garcias), Andrei Ilyushnikov (Rodriguez), Dmitry Koleushko (Juan). The conductor - Valery Gergiev.
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The Vienna State Opera has announced 2015-16 Season
Ferruccio Furlanetto sings three roles and a Liederabend
Published April 9 2015
The Vienna State Opera has announced the new season today: during it Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing three roles and a Liederabend.
On October 4th with the following performances on October 7, 10, 13, 17, 21 he will sing Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth in a new production of Christian Räth with Ludovic Tézier, Tatiana Serjan and Jorge de León. Conductor - Alain Altinoglu. October 13th performance will be livestreamed. Macbeth will be revived in June (8, 12, 15, 18) with the same cast.
Ferruccio Furlanetto will also appear as Gremin in Eugeny Onegin (October 25, 28 and November 2, 5) with Anna Netrebko, Christopher Maltman and Dmitry Korchak in the cast.
He will return to Simon Boccanegra as Fiesco in May 24, 27, 30 and June 4 (the last one will be livestreamed) with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Francesco Meli and Barbara Frittoli. Marco Armiliato conducts.
And on November 24 he will sing Liederabend with Schubert Winterreise with Igor Tchetuev (piano). .
Opera News presents The Singers' Studio: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:00 PM
Published April 6 2015
In Studio: Ferruccio Furlanetto.The bass, who is one of the recipients of this year's Opera News Awards, will speak with Opera News Online Editor Adam Wasserman about his illustrious career and how his legendary characterizations have emerged from his singular approach to music and drama.
From the Opera News introduction: Over the span of a four-decade career, Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto has established himself as one of the most engaging singing actors of our time. With his incomparable portrayals of Verdi's Filippo II — which he brings back to the Met this season — Massenet's Don Quichotte and Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Furlanetto has set benchmarks for style, dramatic incisiveness and consummate vocal beauty. The bass, who is one of the recipients of this year's Opera News Awards, will speak with Opera News Online Editor Adam Wasserman about his illustrious career and how his legendary characterizations have emerged from his singular approach to music and drama.
This interview will be held in the Opera Learning Center located on the 6th Floor of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center, 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Duration: 1 hour. For questions, please call the LCE Ticket Line at 212-769-7028, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.
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Ferruccio Furlanetto owns the role of King Philipp
Met Don Carlo in the press
Published April 2 2015
The Don Carlo revival at the Met became huge success with stellar reviews. Anthony Tommasini writes in The New York Times:
The formidable Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, an acclaimed Philip, still owns the role at 65. The opera revolves around Philip, who knows that the church, in the person of the Grand Inquisitor (James Morris in an earthy-voiced, ominous performance), truly holds the power. Mr. Furlanetto’s full-bodied, elegant singing was chilling one moment and aching the next, especially during the wrenching Act IV aria when the king realizes the extent of his isolation; it is some of the saddest music ever written.
Martin Bernheimer states in The Financial Times:
The stage was dominated by Ferruccio Furlanetto, the rich-toned Filippo. He brooded, boomed and sighed with royal authority, shied from no range extreme, and exerted sympathy even in passages of cruelty and chaos. Although now in his mid-sixties, he shows no sign of artistic or technical diminution.
Eric C. Simpson writes in The New York Classical review:
Ferruccio Furlanetto seems to be the go-to man for the role of Philip at every house in the world, and with good reason: his portrayal of the king is one of the wonders of the operatic stage, a complete interpretation that exemplifies the very best of operatic performance. His rendition of the anguished “Ella giammai m’amo” was, as ever, an interpretation of profound depth, giving a glimpse of his innermost thoughts as his sound filled the house. ... there are hardly any signs of wear on Furlanetto’s voice—it remains a massive, dark, woolen instrument, and he steers it with amazing precision.
And David Browning in The Bachtrack.com:
The most exciting performance came from the bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as Filippo II, King of Spain. He was fully present in every moment, fully in command of Filippo's conflicting emotions, singing always with a tone that was warm and beautiful... “Ella giammai m'amo”, Filippo's monologue was nine minutes of breathless wonder. Mr. Furlanetto is a legend, and deserved the loving ovation he received from the audience.
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The King Returns
Ferruccio Furlanetto revives his acclaimed part
Published March 26 2015
Don’t miss Ferruccio Furlanetto in his signature part of Philipp II in Verdi’s sweeping historical tragedy Don Carlo wich will return to the Met stage March 30 for an eight-performance revival.
Ferruccio Furlanetto has sung Philip II 22 times at the Met, first in 2005 and again in 2010 and 2013 with tremendous success. He has sung the tormented monarch around the world, including stagings this season at the Vienna State Opera, National Theater in Sofia, and Opera Australia in Sydney. He has sung at the Met 200 times in the whole, his roles includes Figaro in La Nozze di Figaro , Don Giovanni in Mozart’s opera, de Silva in Verdi’s Ernani , Procida in I Vespri Siciliani , Mephistopheles in Faust , Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra , which he will reprise at the Met next season.
The March 30 opening performance will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 74, as will the performance on April 11. The March 30 performance will also be streamed live on the Met’s Web site, www.metopera.org
The April 11 performance will be broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
Don Carlo is conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The dynamic maestro had led the 2010 Met premiere of Nicholas Hytner’s critically acclaimed production. The cast includes Yonghoon Lee as conflicted title hero, Barbara Frittoli as Elisabeth de Valois; Ekaterina Gubanova as Princess Eboli; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Rodrigo, and James Morris as the menacing Grand Inquisitor.
The April 15 performance will star rising dramatic soprano Lianna Haroutounian in her Met debut as Elisabeth opposite Brazilian tenor Ricardo Tamura as Don Carlo and Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Nadia Krasteva in her Met debut as Eboli. Krasteva will also sing the role on April 18, 22, and 25. Luca Salsi will sing Rodrigo on April 15 and 22.
Ferruccio Furlanetto at the New Rochelle Opera
Spring Gala on Friday, April 24, 2015
Published March 16 2015
New Rochelle Opera will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Company's annual Spring Gala on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm at The Fountainhead, located at 55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY. In conjunction with this milestone, the Company will honor Ferruccio Furlanetto.
"Its incredible to think New Rochelle Opera has sustained 30 seasons," said NRO Artistic Director Camille Coppola of the event. "Our tireless efforts of bringing affordable opera to the local community has been a fulfilling endeavor year after year, and the continued support for NRO is overwhelming." Ms. Coppola added, "We could not be more thrilled to welcome Ferruccio as our guest of honor this year."
Founded by Camille Coppola and Billie Tucker, and incorporated in 1985 as a non-profit organization, its mission is to create a deeper understanding and appreciation of live opera, and to provide top quality, professional opera performances to local people who would not ordinarily be able to afford such an experience. At the same time, it aims to provide aspiring young professional singers an opportunity to showcase their talents in a full-length opera production.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.nropera.org or by sending a check to New Rochelle Opera, P.O. Box 55, New Rochelle, NY 10804. All tickets will be held at the door. For more information, please call (914) 576-1617 or (914) 576-0365. .
Tribute concert to Kenneth G. Pigott
Published March 13 2015
Ferruccio Furlanetto sings at the tribute event today at The Chicago Lyric opera. The event is called "Celebrating Ken" and is a tribute to Kenneth G. Pigott, the president of Lyric Opera, who died last month. It starts at 3:00 at the Civic Opera House. There are four speakers -- Anthony Freud, Sir Andrew Davis, Richard P. Kiphart (chairman of Chicago Lyric Opera board and interim president), and Renee Fleming. Following the speaking will be a concert with Sir Andrew Devis conducting Lyric Opera orchestra and chorus, members of Ryan Opera Center, with solo performances by Ferruccio Furlanetto, Renee Fleming, soprano Amanda Majeski, mezzo Jamie Barton, and tenors Brandon Jovanovich and Matthew Polenzani. The event has free admission.
See more at: Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Season 2015-2016: concerts in San Diego, Moscow and Budapest
More season announcements
Published March 10 2015
More 2015-2016 season announcements came out this week. Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to San Diego Opera, where he was last seen in Don Quichotte. In March he will star in a gala-program, with full orchestra that will feature selections from Furlanetto’s most popular San Diego Opera appearances. Jacobs Music Center - Copley Symphony Hall Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Ferruccio Furlanetto’s two solo recitals are also announced. Both includes works by Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky with the Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death crowning the program. At the piano – Igor Tchetuev. First this program will be performed at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow on November 16, 2015 and then the same program will be performed at the Palace of Arts in Budapest on January 12, 2016.
More season 2015/16 news to come. All announced programs and dates you can check here..
Ferruccio Furlanetto Rules in ‘Don Carlo’ and ‘Boris Godunov’
Wiener Staatsoper live/Ferruccio Furlanetto CD
March 9 2015
In January new ORFEO CD “Wiener Staatsoper live: Ferruccio Furlanetto” was released internationally. The CD combines excerpts from live performances of “Don Carlo” and “Boris Godunov”, recorded at the Vienna State opera house between 1997 and 2012. The first reviews are coming.
From the description at the ORFEO web-site : “Ferruccio Furlanetto has performed both roles several times at the Vienna State Opera. As a master of vocal characterization and psychological nuance, Furlanetto particularly understands how to give expression to the loneliness of both men – such as here in excerpts from Don Carlos in 1997 and 2001 … Ferruccio Furlanetto also impresses and moves us as Boris Godunov, both in the Kremlin scene in the second version of Mussorgsky’s opera, here in a production from 2007 under the baton of Daniele Gatti, and also in the death scene of the original version, sung under Tugan Sokhiev in 2012. As in his Verdi interpretations, Ferruccio Furlanetto also demonstrates a keen sensitivity to the shape and phrasing of the music in the Russian idiom. He is a bass who, according to the demands of the drama, can offer the darkest of tone colours and vocal shadings, and yet can rise above the human abysses of his characters to maintain the beauty of the musical line throughout.”
From the Barry Bassis review at the Epoch Times: “The highlight of the opera and of the “Don Carlo” excerpts on the CD is Furlanetto’s spellbinding performance of the aria, “Ella giammai m’amò,” which the king sings when he realizes that Elisabeth doesn’t love him. Furlanetto… sings with a rich, solid tone. He is a charismatic figure on stage and his dramatic flair comes through on the recording.
In “Boris Godunov” “… Furlanetto’s sound is convincingly Slavic, with immense conviction. Hopefully, New York will eventually get to experience this remarkable performance. In the meantime, this CD conveys the grandeur of Furlanetto’s art. He often speaks in interviews of the great basses on the scene when he first started singing, such as Boris Christoff, Cesare Siepi, and Nicolai Ghiaurov. Furlanetto takes a place alongside these giants.”
Ferruccio Furlanetto triumphs in Vienna
More press about Don Carlo
March 5, 2015
Ferruccio Furlanetto finished the Don Carlo run with a big success. On the photo after the last performance: Stefano Secco (Don Carlo), Marco Armiliato (direttore), Maria Pia Piscitelli (Elisabetta di Valois), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Filippo II), Béatrice Uria-Monzon (Eboli), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Rodrigo). Photo: I.Adamiker/Wiener Staatsoper insight.
More stellar reviews are coming. Il giornale della musica: "Furlanetto, poi, è una lezione di interpretazione che deambula su scena: una tecnica messa al servizio della musica, un timbro vellutato, un legato che non lo tradisce mai, neppure nelle zone estreme della sua tessitura, e infine una recitazione naturale. Con lui, Filippo II si ritrova a dominare (almeno musicalmente)."
OE 24: Ferruccio Furlanetto bejubelt: "Souverän, mit schallmächtiger, belcantesker Riesenstimme und auch schauspielerisch ein Ereignis, verkörpert er den mächtigen spanischen König als unglücklichen alten Mann, der sich von seiner Frau und seinem Sohn betrogen glaubt und die Macht der ¬Kirche fürchtet. Seine große Einsamkeitsarie Sie hat mich nie geliebt wird der Höhepunkt des Abends und mit Jubel belohnt."
Bachtrack.com, Chanda Vander Hart: "The hero of the night was unquestionably Ferruccio Furlanetto. Not only does Furlanetto have a voice with unconscionable beauty, warmth and an easy spin through his mid-register which continues to impress with remarkable lack of concern for the passing of time, but as the broken, frustrated King Philip he was completely gripping. From the moment he took the stage through a frenetically applauded “Ella giammai m'amò” to open Act III, his performance alone was absolutely worth showing up for. "
Opera Journal: "Ferruccio Furlanetto, who has performed as Philip in Don Carlo many times, and there are few who can compete with him. The tone and timbre is wonderful, his control and delivery is impeccable, but more than just technically good or even just consummately profession, he brings real artistry and personality to the character."
Songs and Dances of Death: “Chilling as a Marble Mausoleum”
Recent Mariinsky CD release are praised by the press
Published Mmarch 3 2015
The recent all-Mussorgsky release of Mariinsky label with Ferruccio Furlanetto singing Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra are praised by the International press .
Sinfinimusic gives it 4* pointing: 'Here’s something full of riches… The centrepiece is Songs and Dances of Death, sung with unsettling resonance and beauty by Ferruccio Furlanetto in the Shostakovich scoring, as chilling as a marble mausoleum…'
Andrew McGregor in BBC Radio 3 CD Review: ‘The reason to consider Gergiev’s new recording is for Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in memorable form’.
Herald Scotland: ‘Without question, this is the finest set of performances, recorded on their own label, I have heard from Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra. The results are phenomenal… Essential listening. Mindblowing performances too, of the Songs and Dances of Death (bass Ferruccio Furlanetto) and Night On Bare Mountain.’
And Musicweb International : Songs and Dances of Death are even finer. There is something dark and blood-curdling about Furlanetto's voice that makes him perfect for this cycle. Pathos is there in Lullaby, but also sardonic humour and bitter remorselessness in response to the mother's pleading. Furlanetto personifies the mother's desperation very well, and produces a chilling fade on death's final note. He is also chillingly persuasive in Serenade and blackly sardonic in Trepak, even in the final, cruel allusion to the coming of summer. The orchestra come into their own in The Field Marshal, spitting out the noises of battle, but Furlanetto is equally impressive here, partly because he gives voice to the banality of death and its repetitive nature. This is a thunderous, majestic performance…
Simon Boccanegra in Barcelona
Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to The Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2016
Published February 28 2015
The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona today presented its 2015/2016 season, the first under the artistic direction of Christina Scheppelmann, but with an obvious presence of commitments planned previously by Joan Matabosch.
Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra in the April 2016. Placido Domingo celebrates his 50th anniversary at the Lyceu with the role of Simon. Ramon Vargas will sing Gabriele Adorno, Davinia Rodriguez – Amelia. Conductor - Massimo Zanetti. Opera will be done in the theater’s old production staged by José Luis Gómez, in co-production with the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Furlanetto, mit jeder Faser ein König Philipp
First reviews on Don Carlo premiere
Published February 24 2015
In 2015 Ferruccio Furlanetto celebrates 30 years on stage of Wiener Staatsoper (his debut was in 1985 with the role of Figaro in Mozart’s opera). Now he returns with one of his signature parts - King Philipp II in “Don Carlo” which opened on February 22. The first performance was a huge success with the lasting ovations after King Philipp’s aria and at the call. The reviews in Austrian press also praised stellar performance.
Die Presse review was titled “Furlanetto is King Philipp by every fiber”: "He does not just singing, he takes the stage in his possession, a king by every fiber, with every gesture as an instrument of domination, with every look as a land grab..." Er braucht noch keinen Ton zu singen, nimmt er die Bühne schon in Besitz, jede Faser ein König, jede Geste ein Herrschaftsinstrument, jeder Blick eine Landnahme. Und wenn sich dann sein Nobelbass zu verströmen beginnt, merkt man sofort: Hier geht es nicht um viel, hier geht es um alles, in jeder Sekunde. Noch ist er von einem Panzer an Härte umgeben, später wird er wie ein Häuflein Monarchen-Elend auf dem Thron kauern.
Wiener Zeitung : Armer, reicher Prinz. Ja, so ein Infantenleben unter dem martialisch-gläubig eingestellten Monarchen Philipp II. war nicht lustig, schon gar nicht in den griesegrauen Bunkerbildern von Daniele Abbado. Das wurde an diesem Abend im Haus am Ring einmal mehr als deutlich. Denn unter Publikumsliebling Ferruccio Furlanetto hatte wirklich niemand was zu lachen. Einfach unglaublich, mit welcher Intensität er seinen Spanierkönig anlegte, in einem Moment als gebrochener Mann dastehend, dann wieder als überheblicher Dynast. Flamen wie Spanier erzitterten im Autodafé allein unter seiner Präsenz, wie natürlich auch unter der des Großinquisitors (Eric Halfvarson).
Der Standard : "Ella giammai m'amò", "Sie hat mich nie geliebt", klagt der einsame Philipp II. am Beginn des dritten Akts von Verdis Don Carlo. Minutenlanger Beifall ging nach dieser Arie am Sonntag in der Staatsoper auf Ferruccio Furlanetto nieder. Der Applaus wandte sich wohl auch an einen Sänger, der diese Partie seit sagenhaften 30 Jahren neben vielem anderen verkörpert. Respekt und liebevolle Zuwendung galten aber genauso dem Augenblick - der Innigkeit, mit der Furlanetto seinen noch immer mächtigen Bassbariton zurücknahm, der gestalterischen Tiefe, der Präsenz, die er auch für den Rest des Abends ausstrahlte.
Photo Marty Sohl/ Met
The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015-16 Season
Ferruccio Furlanetto sings Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra
Published February 18 2015
The Met’s 2015-16 season will feature 227 Performances of 25 Operas, including six new productions. Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to the one of his greatest Verdi roles Jacopo Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra. James Levine leads a cast with Plácido Domingo as Simon Boccanegra and Joseph Calleja in his company role debut as Gabriele Adorno, Lianna Haroutounian as Amelia Grimaldi. The run starts on April 1 with the following performances on April 5, 9 (mat), 13 and 16.
“formidable Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Fiesco, gave a master class in Verdi singing... Mr. Furlanetto was superb as Fiesco. In the true Italian manner, his voice is even, full and effortlessly powerful from bottom to top." - wrote Antonio Tommasini in the New York Times about Ferruccio Furlanetto's performance.
Fred Plotkin comments at the WQXR on the new Met season's engagements: "And then there is Ferruccio Furlanetto, who is doing stunning work elsewhere but will only do Fiesco (in Boccanegra) at the Met. In a season with no Russian opera, Furlanetto should have been cast in either Boris Godunov or Khovanschina and James Conlon could have conducted.
This season Ferruccio Furlanetto sings Philipp II in Don Carlo at the Met.
Don Carlo at the Vienna State Opera
Ferruccio Furlanetto sings his signature role
Published February 17 2015
Ferruccio Furlanetto performs his world-wide celebrated role of Philipp II in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” (Italian version) in the Daniele Abbado production at the Vienna State Opera. In the star cast: Stefano Secco (Don Carlo), Maria Pia Piscitelli (Elisabeth), Béatrice Uria-Monzon (Eboli), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Posa), Eric Halfvarson (Grand Inquisitor), Marco Armiliato conducts.
“Don Carlo” at the Vienna State Opera will start on February 22, with the following performances on 25 and March 1. The performance on February 25 will be transmitted live on the Vienna State Opera web-site.
Photo Wiener Staatsoper
Simon Boccanegra: more reviews
Ferruccio Furlanetto - "outstanding star of the evening"
Published February 1 2015
More reviews are coming praising Ferruccio Furlanetto's great performance
Der Neue Merker writes: “Outstanding star of the evening is once again Ferruccio Furlanetto as extremely dominant FIESCO on stage. With rich colors of his voluminous dark bass he shows deep refined emotion and believable revenge and pain feelings.” (Überragender Star des Abends ist einmal mehr Ferruccio Furlanetto als ungemein bühnendominanter Fiesco. Mit immer noch reichen Schattierungen seines voluminösen, dunklen Basses veredelt er emotionsreich und glaubhaft seine Rache- und Schmerzgefühle)
Der Standard: Als dessen Gegenüber Fiesco firmiert mit Ferruccio Furlanetto ein massiv-sonorer Sänger, dessen lyrische Abschattierungen fast ebenso verblüffen.
Die Presse: Als dessen Gegenüber Fiesco firmiert mit Ferruccio Furlanetto ein massiv-sonorer Sänger, dessen lyrische Abschattierungen fast ebenso verblüffen.
Simon Boccanegra will be streamed live today. Single ticket price is 14 Euro. Be aware that you must be registered and buy the ticket BEFORE the actual start of the performance in VIENNA, but you can watch the livestream on your place time.
Ferruccio Furlanetto in the Vienna State Opera Livestream season
Don't miss Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlo and Gala
Published January 30 2015
All Ferruccio Furlanetto performances during 2014-2015 season are livestreamed. Khovanshina already got public and press acclaim in November. In February don't miss Furlanetto in his two key Verdi roles: Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra (livestreamed on February 1). and Philipp II in Don Carlo (on February 25). He participates in Neil Shikoff Gala on May 3wich will be live streamed as well.
Photo Michael Poen
Simon Boccanegra: first reviews are coming
Ferruccio Furlanetto reprises Fiesco in Vienna
Published January 23 2015
On January 21 Ferruccio Furlanetto performed the role of Fiesco at the stage of the Vienna State Opera for 51st time with the great success. His house debut with this role happened in 1990 in Giorgio Strehler production with Claudio Abbado in the pit. On that occasion the role of Simon Boccanegra was taken by Leo Nucci. Now after almost 25 years they are uniting again for four performances of Verdi masterpiece this time in the revival of Peter Stein.
First reviews are coming, praising great performance. The Kurier. reports: “Almost consistently outstanding cast remains the same for all dates. Above all, Ferruccio Furlanetto with his profound, powerful bass with warm timbre and multi-faceted vocal performance in the role of FIESCO. It is a pure joy to listen to him!” (Die beinahe durchwegs hervorragende Besetzung bleibt bei allen Terminen gleich. Allen voran Ferruccio Furlanetto mit seiner Kombination aus profundem, kräftigem Bass mit warmem Timbre und facettenreichem Stimmeinsatz in der Partie des Fiesco. Eine helle Freude, ihm zuzuhören!)
Wiener Zeitung: Ferruccio Furlanetto schöpft als Fiesco klanglich aus dem Vollen: Größer als das Leben, orgelt er den grimmigen Vater mit der Kraft eines Super-Komtur.
More reviews are coming. Next performances are on January 25, 29 and February 1.
Photo Michael Poen
Simon Boccanegra: not to be missed
Ferruccio Furlanetto performs Fiesco with the great success
Published January 21 2015
Don’t miss Ferruccio Furlanetto in one of his signature parts: Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra to be seen at the Vienna State Opera on January 22, 25, 29 and February 1. In the protagonist part Leo Nucci, Gabriele Adorno - Alfred Kim and Stefano Secco, Amelia - Barbara Frittoli. The performance on February 1 will be streamed live on the Vienna State Opera site
Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death are coming soon
New release of the Mariinsky label
Published December 12 2014
Ferruccio Furlanetto joins Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra to celebrate Mussorgsky with the release of one of his most cherished works Songs and Dances of Death.
Mussorgsky’s vocal cycle was recorded at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in 2010. You can find two other signature works of Mussorgsky on this CD - Pictures at an Exhibition and Night on a Bare Mountain (the original version). It is the second release of Ferruccio Furlanetto with Mariinsky label: the first one was highly successful Don Quichotte praised by the critics and nominated for Grammy. Ferruccio Furlanetto and Valery Gergiev never performed this cycle together on the concert stage which makes this release even more interesting.
Digital release date February 3, 2015. Physical release date February 10, 2015.
Opera News Awards to Honor Ferruccio Furlanetto
The list of recipients has been announced today
Published December 9 2014
OPERA NEWS editor in chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year’s honorees — Ferruccio Furlanetto, Piotr Beczala, Sondra Radvanosky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas — will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Previous Opera News Award Winners Martina Arroyo, Gerald Finley and Susan Graham are among the presenters.
Since the Awards’ inception in 2005 the honorees have been chosen by the editors of OPERA NEWS for distinguished achievement in the field of opera. Senior Editor Louise T. Guinther: “Ferruccio Furlanetto has a voice of gravitas, wisdom and authority, paired with an emotional palette that encompasses steely power, raging passion and tender vulnerability. At the same time, this great bass has maintained the lightness of touch to leave his indelible imprint on such comic roles as Leporello, Basilio and Figaro, and the seductive charm to melt hearts as Don Giovanni and even Emile de Becque in South Pacific—a dizzying spectrum of talents that mark him as a renaissance artist of the highest order.”
The musical guest for the evening is Stephanie Blythe will make a special appearance at the 2015 awards gala, performing in tribute to the five honorees.
“An erster Stelle ist natürlich Ferruccio Furlanetto als Iwan Chowansky”
More press about “Khovanschina”
Novemer 23 2014
More reviews about Mussorgsky’s “Khovanshina” (Chowanschtschina) are coming.
'Ferruccio Furlanetto brilliant vocally and theatrically as Ivan Khowanski (Ferruccio Furlanetto brillierte sängerisch als auch schauspielerisch als Iwan Chowanski)', - writes Nachrichten .
Der Neue Merker: 'Bei den Sängern gab es keinen Ausfall und einige bemerkenswerte Leistungen. An erster Stelle ist natürlich Ferruccio Furlanetto als Iwan Chowansky zu nennen, der die Rolle mit seiner gesamten Persönlichkeit ausfüllt und auch stimmlich einen hervorragenden Abend hat'. (Heinrich Schramm-Schiessl)
Tiroler Tagezeitung : 'Einhelligen Jubel gab es hingegen für die Sänger, an deren Spitze Ferruccio Furlanetto als Iwan Chowanski, der mit seinem ungebrochen macht- wie saftvollen Bass ein Meisterstück abliefert'.
The Bachtrack adds: 'Khovanshchina also offers ample opportunity for massive, haunting and grandiose vocal display, beautifully realized by a remarkable cast led by Ain Anger (Dosifey), Elena Maximova (Marfa) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (Ivan Khovansky). All three are incredibly musical and have voices with exceptional strength, beauty of timbre and richness to such a degree that it is almost unfair to discuss anyone else on stage with them in the same paragraph'.
And Andrey Zolotov in Russian RIA Novosti: 'The main hero of the Vienna premiere became Furlanetto - a world-known Italian bass, who are deeply devoted to the Russian repertoire'.
Khovanshina in Vienna: first reviews
Published November 19 2014
Mussorgsky‘s Khovanshina returned to the Vienna State Opera after 25 year of absence with great success. Ferruccio Furlanetto debuted in the protagonist part under the baton of Semyon Bychkov in the modern staging of Lev Dodin. In the other roles: Christopher Ventris, Herbert Lippert, Andrzej Dobber, Ain Anger, Elena Maximova, Lydia Rathkolb, Norbert Ernst, Caroline Wenborne, Marcus Pelz, Marian Talaba, Wolfram Igor Derntl.
The Kurier repots:“magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto as Ivan Khowanski is more than legitimate, worthy and logical Ghiaurov successor (... mit dem grandiosen Ferruccio Furlanetto als Iwan Chowanski gibt es einen mehr als legitimem, würdigen und logischen Ghiaurov-Nachfolger).
Wiener Zeitung named Furlanetto „bombastic“
Ferruccio Furlanetto vocally and artistically expansive Prince Chowanski is doing an equally sonorous, powerful bass with same opponent in Ain Angers Dossifei, who leads the Old Believers. (Ferruccio Furlanettos vokal wie gestalterisch raumgreifender Fürst Chowanski findet dabei einen gleich sonoren, gleich durchschlagskräftigen Bass-Gegenspieler in Ain Angers Dossifei, der die Altgläubigen anführt), - Die Presse
Ferruccio Furlanetto as well brings enormous vocal weight and musical complexity to the tortured role of Khovansky too, - Art Info
Ferruccio Furlanetto, the Italian prince of the basses, sings the mighty prince Khovansky… with ruling power, volumnous sound, belcanto giant voice and great acting. (Ferruccio Furlanetto, der italienische Fürst der Bässe, singt den mächtigen Fürsten Chowanski, über den der Zar Peter der Große die Chowanschtschina, die Todesstrafe, verhängt: souverän, mit schallmächtiger, belcantesker Riesenstimme und auch schauspielerisch ein Ereignis) - OE24
"With vigorous, dark bass tones Ferruccio Furlanetto records the Prince Ivan Chowanski as despotic violence man with vocal force" (Mit kraftstrotzenden, finsteren Basstönen zeichnet Ferruccio Furlanetto den Fürsten Iwan Chowanski als despotischen Gewaltmenschen), - Kleine Zeitung
Photo Mikhael Poen
“Russian Premiere for the Star Bass”
Mussorgsky’s “Khovanshina” opens at the Vienna State Opera today
Novemer 15 2014
Highly anticipated premiere of Mussorgsky’s “Khovanshina” (Chowanschtschina) about Khovansky rebellion against Peter the Great premiers today. Don’t miss Ferruccio Furlanetto debuting in the protagonist part. In advance of his first Prince Ivan Khovansky performance he gave several interviews to the Austrian press.
Ferruccio Furlanetto's piece about his work on the part was published in the November issue of the monthly Wiener Staatsoper magazine PROLOG . He writes in it about the character – strong and manly, powerful as a tsar, revealing also some technical details (in spite of the high tessitura of the part it fits the voice well and he sings it easily). Ading about his work with Semyon Bychkov on the musical side, who suggested a softer, less militaristic touch to the role. And of course - about Mussorgsky: “The way how he envisaged social and human problems, addressed them to us, how he captured details and real life on a sheet of paper is impressive to nowadays, he was far ahead of his time.” Furlanetto compares Mussorgsky with Mozart "in the sense that Mussorgsky as embodying a dimension of his own, his own planet. Mussorgsky was his incredibly far ahead of time, and no one could understand him properly how we could today.”
Der STANDARD reflected on Ferruccio Furlanetto’s piece in PROLOG : “It is not every day that a protagonist of an opera premiere speaks in a text form about the piece” publishing in addition a big interview of a singer, where he speaks not only about his current work, but remembers Karajan and good old days.
A small article also appeared in the Kleine Zeitung where Ferruccio Furlanetto shared his fashination with the part of Khovansky. And Domenique Meier revealed some information about future seasons: Furlanetto will sing Banco in Macbeth and Gremin in Eugeny Onegin. Staaatsoper's director also told this newspaper that he have serious consideration about Pizzetti’s “Assasinio nella Cattedrale” since he already have his Thomas Becket.
Don’t miss Khovanshina at the Wiener Staatsoper (More information and tickets here) .
Or on the air in a live broadcast from the premiere by ORF on November 15 at 18-30.
Ferruccio Furlanetto debuts as Khovansky in Mussorgsky Khovanshina
“Khovanshina” premiers on November 15
9 novembre 2014
Ferruccio Furlanetto debuts in the role of Prince Ivan Khovanskiy in Mussorgskiy's Khovanschina, presented in the new staging of Lev Dodin under the baton of Semyon Bychkov at the Wiener Staatsoper.
The first performance of “Khovanshina” on November 15 will be broadcasted live via Austrian state radio ORF.
The performance on November 21 will be transmitted live in HD quiality via Internet at the Wiener Staatsoper site.
Ferruccio Furlanetto in the role of Prince Ivan Khovansky, Christopher Ventris – Prince Andrey Khovansky, Herbert Lippert - Prince Vassili Golizyn, Andrzej Dobber - Bojar Schaklowity, Ain Anger – Dossifei, Elena Maximova - Marfa.
Ferruccio Furlanetto at the Wiener Staatsoper live CD
Orfeo November release
November 9 2014
The new release of ORFEO coming out in November presenting Ferruccio Furlanetto in his two favorite parts at the Wiener Staatsoper - Boris Godunov in the Mussorgsky's opera and Philipp II in Verdi's Don Carlo.
This release is prepeared in colloboration of Orfeo, Wiener Staatsoper and ORF.
Ferruccio Furlanetto will receive Oscar della Lyrica
The list of recipients announced in Milan today
Published October 30 2014
Ferruccio Furlanetto is among the recipients of this year’s opera Oscars, the International Opera Awards. The awards are established by the Arena di Verona Foundation and will be given on December 12 during the ceremony and Gala-concert at the Katara Amphitheater in Doha, Qatar.
Other winners: Maria Agresta (soprano), Renato Bruson (baritone), Francesco Meli (tenor), Marianna Pizzolato (mezzosoprano), Alberto Gazale (bariton), Gustavo Dudamel (conductor), Damiano Michilieletto (director) and Lorenzo Cutuli (set designer). Special awards: Carlo Bergonzi (in Memory), Renato Bruson (career), Samantha Sapienza and Vincenzo Constanzo (New generation)
Ferruccio Furlanetto - Cavaliere di Verdi
Published October 21 2014
Ferruccio Furlanetto received a title of Cavaliere di Verdi (Verdi Knight) during the Fuoco di gioia – benefit concert organised by the Club dei 27 during annual Verdi Festival in the Teatro Regio di Parma..He became the first bass who was honored by this award and was greeted on the occasion by other Verdi knights – Mirella Freni and Donato Renzetti. Ferruccio Furlanetto “grateful and almost moved”, - as Apemusicale.com indicated, - performed two arias “Infelice, e tuo credevi” from Ernani and “Ella giammai m’amò”, wich closed the evening. He sang this aria at the Teatro Regio for the first time at the beginning of his career during the final concert of the contest Voci Verdiane .