“Mr. Furlanetto’s strong, dark, textured voice filled Verdi’s lines with burnished sound and arching lyricism” (New York Times 2012)
“…ideal combination of vocal heft and dramatic commitment “ (New York Post 2012)
One of the greatest basses of our time Ferruccio Furlanetto is one of the most sought-after singers in the world, above all, as an interpreter of parties in Verdi, Mozart, and some Russian and French composers’ operas. The critics praise him for his vast range, thundering vocal power, and excellent acting ability. He has collaborated with some leading orchestras and conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Barenboim, Georges Prêtre, James Levine, Semyon Bychkov, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, and Vladimir Jurowski. He performs in concerts and recitals at the leading world’s concert halls, in the repertory ranging from Verdi’s Requiem to Russian songs and Schubert’s Winterreise. He has made numerous recordings of opera on CD and DVD, and his performances were broadcasted internationally over the radio and television. He makes himself at home at many opera houses such as La Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Opera National de Paris, and the New-York Metropolitan Opera as well those in Rome, Turin, Florence, Bologna, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Moscow. For the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, he became the first Italian bass to appear in the title role of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and in the upcoming season he will also appear in this role on the stage of Bolshoi Theater, that will make him the only Western artist who sings this part on both historically main stages of Russia.
The 2012–2013 season begins for Ferruccio Furlanetto in September with the part of Procida in I Vespri Siciliani at the Vienna Staatsoper. He will appear in his other famous Verdi’s part of Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in October, ending the season with it at the Royal Opera House in June and July.
Recognized today as the greatest Philipp of our time in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing one of his favorite parts at the Metropolitan Opera in February and March and then perform it at the Royal Opera House in May.
The other important season appointment is the first presentation in the USA of Pizzetti’s Assassinio nella Cattedrale (Murder in the Cathedral) in San Diego Opera in March and April with Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role of Thomas Becket.
The public of Vienna State Opera will enjoy Ferruccio Furlanetto’s Mustafa in L’Italiana in Algieri in January in the famous Ponnelle’s production. The Italian bass performances as Don Quichotte at the Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg) in December in the new production of Massenet’s opera are also highly anticipated.
The upcoming concert season includes Christmas Concert with the Concertgebouw Royal Orchestra under the baton of Mariss Jansons in Amsterdam and also recitals in Rudolfinum (Prague) in December and at the Vienna Statsopera in May.
Recent CD releases include highly critically praised recording of Massenet’s Don Quichotte under the lead of Valery Gergiev with Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title part released by the “Mariinsky” label (2012) and two recital ones (both Prestige Classics Vienna): Russian Lieder CD (2010) and Schubert Winterreise (2011). Both programs were recorded with a young gifted Ukrainian pianist Igor Tchetuev. DVD releases include two from the Royal Opera House by EMI: Simon Boccanegra named Recording of the Month by Gramophone and Verdi’s Don Carlo which won in the DVD Performance category of the year in Gramophone awards. Also “Macbeth” from Opera National
Ferruccio Furlanetto is “Kammersänger” and “Ehrenmitglied” (Honorary Member) of the Vienna State Opera.
Complete 2012-2013 schedule
September 9, 12, 15, 19, Vienna State Opera: I VESPRI SICILIANI
September 24, 28 Vienna State Opera: BORIS GODUNOV
October 15, 20, 24, 28, 31 November 3, 6, 9 Lyric Opera of Chicago: SIMON BOCCANEGRA
November 29, December 1 Bolshoi Theater (Moscow): BORIS GODUNOV
December 12 Rudolfinum (Prague): RECITAL
December 25 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam: CONCERT
December TBA Mariinsky Theater: DON QUICHOTTE
January 7, 10, 12, 16 Vienna State Opera: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI
February 22, 25, 28, March 6, 9, 13, 16 Metropolitan Opera: DON CARLO
March 30, April 2, 5, 7 San Diego Opera: ASSASINIO NELLA CATTEDRALE
May 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 25 Royal Opera House: DON CARLO
May 28 Vienna Staatsoper: RECITAL
June 27, July 1, 3, 10, 13, 16 Royal Opera House: SIMON BOCCANEGRA