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Ferruccio Furlanetto sang his first Gremin in Russia

And became the first western Gremin at Mariinsky

Published July, 6 2014

Ferruccio Furlanetto finished his 2013-14 season with the part of Gremin at the Mariinsky stage during the Stars of White Nights Festival.. It was his debut with the highly acclaimed part in Russia (already heard at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Salzburg Summer Festival, the Vienna State Opera and in Budapest). His performance was highly anticipated: it was first appearance of the Western singer as Gremin on the Mariinsky stage. On the day of performance it was on NTV news and was named a historical event.

Ferruccio Furlanetto’s appearance in the part raised huge interest: the theater was completely sold out and many came especially to the third act to hear Italian bass.

Furlanetto appeared in a lovely Yuri Temirkanov’s production of the opera (premiered in 1982 and shown 112 times) - the most authentic Eugeny Onegin, close to Pushkin’s novel. In his scene Prince Gremin – a noble Russian general, hero of 1812 war with Napoleon - appears at the ball in the Noble Assembly Hall in St.Petersburg (now Big Hall of St.Petersburg Philharmonia), which Igor Ivanov’s sets recreates. After the aria the public cheered Furlanetto with the long lasted ovation, repeated at the curtain call.


Ferruccio Furlanetto exeles as Don Quichotte

Highlights of the Stars of the White Nights Festival

Published June, 29 2014

Ferruccio Furlanetto starred in two performances of Massenet’s Don Quichotte with great success.. The Yannis Kokkos production was premiered in 2012 and became huge hit with the public and the press. It was also shown on tour at the Golden Mask festival on the historical stage of the Bolshoi Theater and received the stellar reviews.

This time the performances of Ferruccio Furlanetto was also highly anticipated by the ITAR-TASS and other press recourses. The singer was named by the press the main Don Quichotte of XXI century.

The present performance at Mariinsky impressed also Vesa Siren, correspondent of the the Helsinki Sanomat newspaper: How many Finns have seen live presentation of Don Quichotte? - he asks. He also writes that Ferruccio Furlanetto starring in the title role was excellent embodiment of the main hero – funny and noble; vocally at the best and graceful.

The next appearance of Ferruccio Furlanetto is the Winterreise at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, which will be transmitted live by the Mariinsky TV.

And on July 4 he will sing his first Gremin in Russia.


Ferruccio Furlanetto at the Mariinsky

Highlights of the Stars of the White Nights Festival

Published June, 23 2014

Ferruccio Furlanetto sings Quichotte at the Mariinsky Theater during the Stars on White Nights Festival on June 24, 25.. The production of Yannis Kokkos which was premiered last season was done on Ferruccio Furlanetto from the first scratch. But the actual story started with the concert performance of the Massenet's opera which was done on the very day of 100 th anniversary of the piece in 2010 also with Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role. After it's huge success Don Quichotte with Ferruccio Furlanetto was recorded for Mariinsky label and got Grammy nomination. This time the production will be filmed for DVD. In the cast: Ferruccio Furlanetto - Don Quichotte, Andrey Serov - Sancho Panza and Julia Matochkina - Dulcinee. Valery Gergiev conducts.

Don't miss also Winterreise at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, which will be transmitted live by the Mariinsky TV.

And last but not least: on July 4 Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing his first Gremin in Russia.


Ferruccio Furlanetto gave life to Giovanni di Procida

Performances in the memory of Gerard Mortier

Published June, 23 2014

All three concert performances of I Vespri Siciliani became great success with 10 minutes ovations and stellar reviews in the press. Ferruccio Furlanetto dedicated his performances to the memory of the late Gerard Mortier: I will try my best to honor his name in the last project that took birth from his mind and will,the Vespri Siciliani at the Teatro Real of Madrid.

From the press:

Ferruccio Furlanetto gave life to Giovanni di Procida, the Sicilian patriot…there is not a word, not a syllable, that lacks intention. The one-dimensional Procida is not one of his best roles because an artist like Furlanetto excels in the most dramatically complicated characters (Don Quichotte, Boris Godunov or Jacopo Fiesco). José Irurzun, Seen and Heard International

Ferruccio Furlanetto demostró su experiencia y años sobre los escenarios con los acentos más intencionados e incisivos de todo el reparto. Ese saber decir y sentido de la “parola scenica” tan importantes en Verdi. Además, suena a bajo y conserva rotundidad, volumen y amplitud. El timbre siempre fue más bien ingrato, poco noble, escasamente mórbido, además de acusar el lógico desgaste y su canto correcto, pero falto de clase. Raúl Chamorro Mena, Codalario

Con el bajo Ferruccio Furlanetto, como Procida, experimentamos una sensación de seguridad y peso. Impresionan sus notas bajas que emite con una claridad y rotundidad apabulladora. JOSÉ R. DÍAZ SANDE, Madrid Teatro

Ferruccio Furlanetto como Giovanni di Procida, fue tal vez el más ovacionado de la noche, sólido, majestuoso, concentrado e introvertido dando vida al uchador por la libertad, papel que aseguró con la misma tenacidad con que desarrolla habitualmente un Don Quijote o un Felipe II lúgubre y agónico en el Don Carlo. Fue muy ovacionado durante todo el transcurso de la ópera y también al final. Siempre grande. Emocionante.

El público vitoreó, aplaudió, consagró con “bravi” si hacía falta, una velada de campanillas. Alicia Perris, Operaclick

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Emotion, Sensitivity and Wisdom

Ferruccio Furlanetto sang the role of Procida with the great success

Published June, 14 2014

The first night of the concert performance of I Vespri Siciliani at the Teatro Real Madrid was a great success. The public cheered the vocal brilliance of the main quartet of singers: Julianna di Giacomo (Elena), Piero Pretti (Arrigo), Franco Vassallo (Monforte) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (Procida) with the standing ovation.

The first reviews are coming. Alberto Gonzalez Lapuente writing for the ABC marks that Ferruccio Furlanetto built the character of Gionanni di Procida with wisdom and skillful dramatization. (Ferruccio Furlanetto construye con sabiduría y hábil dramatización el personaje de Gionanni di Procida).

Laura Furones from points that the role “fell in the safe hands of Ferruccio Furlanetto and he “carried his complex character elegantly.” focuses on the great voice of the singer “with cavernous timbre, resonant, immense power and no sign of senile vibrato. His "O tu Palermo" offered a dose of emotion and sensitivity of the great artist.

(...timbre cavernoso, resonante, inmensa potencia y ni rastro de vibrato senil. En su “O tu Palermo” ofreció una dosis de emoción y sensibilidad de esas que solo le dan las canas a los grandes artistas.)

José Luis Pérez Arteaga at the praises great phrasing of the artist. (...siempre eficaz, gran matizador de frases, Ferruccio Furlanetto, como el bueno-malo “Procida”)

The next performances on 14, 17.06. The last one will be on the air by the National Spanish Radio.


Hungarian Opera House

Freedom Gala and Don Carlo for Boris Christoff anniversary

2014-2015 Season will include Budapest and Sofia

Published May, 8 2014

Ferruccio Furlanetto starts his 2014 – 2015 season on September 6 participating in the important event at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest - Freedom Opera Gala commemorating 25 years of the opening of the border between Hungary and Eastern Germany. The Gala in which Anja Kampe and Piotr Beczala also stars will be attended by important political figures and broadcasted to the European Union countries by the Duna TV.

His next appearance on September 20 as Philipp II in Don Carlo at the Sofia National Opera is also significant one, since it dedicated to the 100’s anniversary of Boris Christoff.

I grew up in a veneration of Cesare Siepi and Boris Cristoff and they were in a way a light tower for me. …

Cristoff - whom I met in my very second opera in Torino, when I was singing the monk in “Don Carlo” while he was singing King Philip – he gave me the idea not only to be a singer but also an interpreter, to love to be an actor on stage, to love to create characters and to succeed in that. And looking at him and study whatever little gesture he was doing and understanding how a tiny movement and little gestures can be much more important than a big one - this was very important, as much as how to use your voice.

Ferruccio Furlanetto will continue to perform Philipp II during 2014-15 season at the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and one appointment will be announced later. The season also includes his debut as Prince Khovansky in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshina (Vienna State Opera), return to Simon Boccanegra (Fiesco) and several concerts.

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