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Ferruccio Furlanetto will open the 2018/2019 season of the Los Angeles Opera on September 26 and 29 with the production “Don Carlo”. Under James Conlon, he will perform the role of the king Philipp II with the director of the venue, Plácido Domingo (Rodrigo). A concert version will be given on October 1st. Ferruccio Furlanetto will be then at the Wiener Staatsoper on October 5, 7, 10 and 13 to sing Gremin in “Eugene Onegine” by Tchaïkovski. In November and December he will be Fiesco in the revival of Elijah Moshinsky’s Simon Boccanegra at the ROH in London.

Among other important appointments of the season, he will sing Arkel in Pelleas and Melizande from January 15 till January 31 2019 at the Met, Padre Guardiano in Forza del Destino at Covent Garden from March 21 till May 5 and he will return to the Wiener Staatsoper as Banco in Macbeth in May.


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Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing two Verdi roles in the upcoming season at the Royal Opera House.

He will be Fiesco in the revival of Elijah Moshinsky’s Simon Boccanegra. Carlos Álvarez will sing the title role, Hrachuhi Bassenz, Francesco Meli also in the cast. Conductor - Henrik Nánási. Dates - November 15, 19, 24, 27, December 1, 5, 10 2018.

In spring Ferruccio Furlanetto will be Padre Guardiano in the new production of Forza del Destino. Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Christopher Maltman, in Verdi's epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano. Dates - March 21, 24, 27, 29, April 2, 5, 9, 12, 17, 22, 2019. The performance on April 2 will be transmitted live to the cinemas.


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On March 19, 2018 Ferruccio Furlanetto sang his first Don Quichotte in Australia. Staging Don Quichotte for the first time, Opera Australia has gathered a stellar international and homegrown cast to make a frame for this one-star venicle and present it to Australian audiences.

“Ferruccio Furlanetto is the most wonderful Don Quichotte you could ever hope to see or hear,” said Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia. “He was born to play this role and we are thrilled that he is performing it in Sydney and in Melbourne. He is arguably the greatest operatic bass in the world and these will be performances not to be missed.”

Just before the performance Furlanetto gave an interview to SBS Radio, telling that "Don Quichotte is what every man should be at least for three hours of his life"

The audience and critics praised Ferruccio Furlanetto’s performance. Joining Furlanetto in this production is the Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova as Dulcinée, as well as an all-star cast of Australian performers including mezzo-soprano Sian Pendry, soprano Jane Ede, baritone Warwick Fyfe and tenors Graeme Macfarlane and John Longmuir.

From the press:

“Furlanetto’s bass is rich and dark, but it’s his finely crafted attention to line and his emotional reading that really made this performance tick. …Ultimately, it’s Furlanetto who carries this production. The world he draws the audience into is one that’s largely in his head – and he does it with such skill and such heart”, - writes Angus McPherson in Limelight magazine.

“This production has Ferruccio Furlanetto – long one of the most celebrated and beloved basses in contemporary opera, who has ranged widely from Verdi to Mussorgsky and many others. He captures the nobility of the character with his rich and expressive voice and striking physical presence, perfectly suited to the requirements of the role. The final moments of the opera were profoundly moving as he, for the last time, invokes the image of Dulcinée who is ‘la lumière, l’amour, la jeunesse’ (the light, the love, the youth) of his life. The voice possesses reserves of power and vocal freshness that defy Furlanetto’s more than forty-year career; his vocal incarnation of the dying knight was superb. A great singing actor.” - Australian Book Review

More performances on March 21, 24, 26, 28.


Wiener Staatsoper


Ferruccio Furlanetto stars in Eugen Onegin at the Wiener Staatsoper with the highlight aria always putting the house down. Critics are praising him as well.

Der Standard:

Ferruccio Furlanetto fesselte als Fürst Gremin mit seiner Ode an die Liebe.

Die Presse

Onegin bleibt kümmerlich am Boden zurück, während sich Tatjana wieder dem fürstlichen Ehegatten (eine Partie, wie geschaffen für den späten Ferruccio Furlanetto) zuwendet.


Ferruccio Furlanetto als Gremin ist purer Luxus

The last performance of the run on March 3

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Ferruccio Furlanetto


The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2018-2019 season: Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing Arkel in Pelleas and Melizande from January 15 till January 31 2019.

Information from the Met: “Debussy’s only opera, a mesmerizing meditation on love and betrayal, returns to the Met stage for the first time in almost a decade, with Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the landmark score. A pair of brilliant young Met stars, tenor Paul Appleby and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, are the naïve title lovers, and baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the imperious Prince Golaud. Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Arkel, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, as Geneviève, complete the cast.”

To the Met.


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Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing King Philipp in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo” in at the Los Angeles Opera in 2018-19 season. This revival production will see James Conlon conducting a cast featuring Ramón Vargas in the title role, and Plácido Domingo in the role of Rodrigo. Anna Smirnova makes her anticipated LA Opera debut while Ana María Martinez returns to her signature Elisabetta. Ferruccio Furlanetto sings King Philip.

Performances – September 22 – October 14, 2018

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San Francisco opera announced its 2018-19 season. Ferruccio Furlanetto will debut in Antonin Dvorák’s “Rusalka” in the role of Vodník. It will be not only debut in the role but also in Czech language. Huge expectations!

“Rusalka” (Antonin Dvorák) Rachel Willis-Sorensen, Brandon Jovanovich, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Jamie Barton, Sarah Cambidge, Laura Krumm; Eun Sun Kim, conductor; David McVicar, production; Andrew George, choreographer; Ian Robertson, chorus director. June 16 (m), 19, 22, 25, 28.

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Ferruccio Furlanetto sang bass part in Verdi's Requiem at the Met under the baton of James Levine with Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk and Aleksandrs Antonenko with great success. From the press:

“Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto sang beautifully throughout the night, his sound round, full, and always clear. Even as the oldest of the group, it was astonishing to continue hearing such a polished instrument with such vigor and might. He had no qualms about throwing all his emotion into his singing, his “Confutatis” filled with accented phrases to emphasize the pain of the vocal line. In some ways his was the most emotionally engaged of the quartet, his voice always brimming with intense passion and emotion. And because of that it felt like he was singing a different style from the rest of the ensemble as he possessed little of the restraint that the others showcased.” – David Salazar Opera Wire.

"The “Hostias” featured the loveliest singing of the performance from bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, an earnest and reverent expression of thanks, simply phrased and tenderly. His pleading of “oro supplex it acclinis” in the “Confutatis” was simply and tenderly phrased", - Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical review

"The bass Ferruccio Furlanetto evoked memories of his magisterially suffering Philip II in Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” with his tone disintegrating into stark fear as he repeated the word “mors” (“death”) in the Dies Irae.", - ZACHARY WOOLFE, NY Times



Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing bass part in Verdi Requiem tonight 24.11 2017 at the Met with the following performances on 27, 29 and Dec. 2, 2017. James Levine will conduct it with Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as the soloists. The performances dedicated to the passing of Dmitry Hvorostovsky. Tonight performance will be broadcasted live at the Met site. Also performance on December 2 will be broadcasted on Harward radio and other radio stations. The broadcast begins at 1:00 pm, with our pre-Met preview at about 12:45 pm



In the past few weeks, Ferruccio Furlanetto has concluded his Australian tour with three concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. During his stay in Sydney SBC Radio talked to him about his next commitments in Australia in 2018.


Ferruccio Furlanetto recital program in Sidney


Ferruccio Furlanetto gave three liederabends in Sydney and Melbourne with great success. He presented Schubert's Winterreise and Russian lied program.

“These were concerts that were deeply satisfying in sound, moving in expressive directness, and inspiring in artistry,” – wrote Peter McCallum in The Sydney Morning Herald, giving ★★★★★ to these concerts. Igor Tcetuev was at the piano and was also praised by the reviewers.

It was “a harrowing, beautiful and deeply moving experience,” – from the audience tweets.

Just before the performances Ferruccio Furlanetto gave an interview to the SBS radio in Italian.

You can find all the press here.


Ferruccio Furlanetto recital program in Sidney


Ferruccio Furlanetto sang Schubert’s Die Winterreise with big success in the City Recital Hall, Sydney.

Limelight Magazine gave ★★★★☆ to the concert in the review “A mercurial winter journey from a powerful bass”: “Furlanetto was solid-as-a-rock vocally, his diction clear and precise, carrying resonantly into the hall”.

In the Australian: “Accompanied with sensitivity by Tchetuev, Furlanetto’s exquisite dynamic control, incisive diction and crystalline articulation enabled him to capture the individuality of each song. His deftly deployed tone colours and highly expressive phrasing invested them with meaning and character.”

In the Sounds like Sidney: “A towering voice within a towering presence, he narrated Schubert’s stark song cycle, drawing us into his 90-minute journey which mirrors life itself. With the minimum of gestures, shaped simply by his supreme command of his voice. There was the sense that every word was considered, every emotion measured and matched.”



Ferruccio Furlanetto


Ferruccio Furlanetto is in Australia for a series of three concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. Furlanetto will perform music by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky.

In the first program on September 27, he sang Schubert’s Die Winterreise. Igor Tcetuev at the piano. It was a harrowing, beautiful and deeply moving experience – from the audience tweets. Just before the performances, he gave an interview for SBS radio in Italian.

To the inerview.



Ferruccio Furlanetto started his new opera season with the title role in Mussorgsky’s Chowanschschina at the Wiener Staatsoper. He also sang at the premiere of Lev Dodin’s production in 2014. The premiere was success, the second performance was streamed live, all shows can be seen and heard for free at the big screen outside the opera house.

The Wiener Zeitung praises “Ferruccio Furlanetto als gewichtiger Fürst Chowanski”, Der Standard writes that “The vocal struggle of the basses between Ain Anger (as Dossifei) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (as Prince Ivan Chowanski) is as impressive as at the premiere”; “Feruccio Furlanetto gibt einen eindrucksvollen Kowanski” – poins Der Neue Merker and Die Presse, announcing live strem headlines it “Furlanetto im finsteren Russland”.

Next performances are on September 14 and 17.



Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing Don Quichotte at the Opera Austaralia in Sidney and Melbourne. Massenet’s “Don Quichotte” opens in a revival by Hugh Halliday on March 16, 2018 and closes on March 28, 2018 in Sidney. The opera is set to star legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto whose turn in the title role has become his signature. He’ll be joined by mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova in a role of Dulcinee. Guillaume Tourniaire conducts.

And Ferruccio Furlanetto will also perform Massenet's opera in Melbourne from May 3 2018 till May 12. He performs again with brilliant French conductor Guillaume Tourniaire and Sian Pendry as the damsel Dulcinée.

From the Opera Austarlaia web-site: " Ferruccio Furlanetto’s Don Quichotte is famous. He takes the dreams and delusions of the famous knight-errant and paints an earnest and endearing portrait of a man out of time. Furlanetto’s Don Quichotte is brimful of whimsy and bursting with bravery. His sonorous bass finds all the colours of Massenet’s lush, romantic score."

To the Sidney performances.

To the Melbourne run.

Schedule of the season 2017-18.



New season is around the corner now. Ferruccio Furlanetto will open it at the Vienna State Opera singing Ivan Chowasnsky in Mussorgsky’s Chovanschtchina opening on September 8. with the following performances om 11, 14 and 17. The Lev Dodin production which was premiered with Furlanetto will be conducted by Michael Güttler this time. Ventris, Lippert, Dobber, Anger, Maximova, Rathkolb, Ebenstein are in the cast. All the performances will be transmitted to the big screen outside the opera house as part of Oper live am Platz project. The performance on September 11 you can watch at home as part of Opera live.

Next appointments of the season will take Ferruccio Furlanetto to Australia, where he will sing three recitals in Sidney jn September 27 and 29 and in Melbourne on October 2: Rachmaninov-Mussorgsky program and Schubert’s Winterreise. Piano - Igor Tchetuev.

In November Ferruccio Furlanetto is at the Met where for the first time since 2008, James Levine conducts a special series of concerts of Verdi Requiem. The company has assembled a quartet of extraordinary soloists to join the incomparable Met Orchestra and Chorus: Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.November 24, 27, 29, December 2.




Ferruccio Furlanetto is always admired and much anticipated in St.Petersburg. This summer he returned to The Stars of the White Nights Festival at the Mariinsky Theater in St.Petersburg to sing Zaccaria in the concert version of Nabucco and Massenet's Don Quichotte. Both performances were conducted by Valery Gergiev and were huge success.

The cast for Nabucco: Nabucco - Roman Burdenko, Ismaele - Sergei Skorokhodov, Zaccaria - Ferruccio Furlanetto, Abigaille - Tatiana Serjan, Fenena -Natalia Yevstafieva. It was the first appearance of Ferruccio Furlanetto in the role of Zaccaria in St.Petersburg (he already sang it twice in Moscow both in concert version with Vladimir Spivakov and in Bolshoi Theater production).

The production of Massenet's Don Quichotte (director - Yannis Kokkos) was staged in 2012 at the Mariinsky for Ferruccio Furlanetto and he returns to it ever since. The cast for Don Qiochotte: Don Quichotte - Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sancho Pança - Andrei Serov, The Beautiful Dulcinée - Yulia Matochkina, Pedro - Lyudmila Dudinova, Garcias - Regina Rustamova, Rodriguez - Andrei Ilyushnikov, Juan - Dmitry Koleushko and Ensemble of soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.




Ferruccio Furlanetto is King Philipp of the Vienna State Opera right now with the great success. From the Austrian press: Italian prince of the basses Ferruccio Furlanetto is the best King Philipp! (oe24). More press soon.

One more “Don Carlo” to go with the great cast: Ferruccio Furlanetto, Ramón Vargas, Plácido Domingo, Krassimira Stoyanova, Elena Zhidkova on 21 of June. It will be live streamed, so don’t miss it even if you are not in Vienna.

Curtain call at the premiere.

To the Live stream



The anticipated debut of Ferruccio Furlanetto in Bratislava with the role Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra was great success.

The hall of the the Slovac National Theater was sold out and the main attention was drawn to the world-famous Italian bass. “The bass of Furlanettj sounded firmly, soulfully and introvertly, with a delightful "depth" of low-lying tones” and he portrayed well-designed multilayer figure of the proud aristocrat, - as OperaSlovakia wrote in the review about the performance.

Ferruccio Furlanetto also gave an interview to the Radio Slovakia International which you can listen here.



Ferruccio Furlanetto is debuting in Slovakia. On May 26 he sings Fiesko in Simon Boccanegra at the Slovak National Theater. Director - Marián Chudovský, conductor - Martin Leginus.

On May 25 legendary Italian bass gave a press-conference in Bratislava where he told about his debut in the role of Fiesco in 1981 and it was in his repertoire ever since. He comes to the stage with the clear vision of the character, but had to adapt it to the production.

Ferruccio Furlanetto also invited everybody to his performance.

To the Slovak National Theater



Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to St.Petersburg. It was announced that he will sing Zaccaria in the concert performance of Nabucco at the Stars of White Nights festival at the Mariinsky theater on June 25, Valery Gergiev conducts. It was also announced that he will return to his favorite role of Don Quichotte in the Massenets opera (Yannis Kokkos production was staged for him) on June 28. More information to come.

To the Mariinsky



The Vienna State Opera has just announced its 2017-2018 season with 54 different operas, 9 ballet programmes and 4 operas for children. Wiener Staatsoper Director Dominique Meyer, Ballet Director Manuel Legris, and Managing Director Thomas W. Platzer presented the programme for the forthcoming 2017/2018 season today, on April, 5 2017.

Ferruccio Furlanetto sings in two Russian operas. He returns to Mussorgsky’s CHOWANSCHTSCHINA as Prince Iwan Chowanski in Lev Dodin production which was premiered with him. Conductor - Michael Güttler. In the cast: Christopher Ventris - Andrei Chowanski, Herbert Lippert – Golizyn, Andrzej Dobber - Schaklowity, Ain Anger – Dossifei , Elena Maximova – Marfa. Performances on 8., 11., 14., 17. Of September 2017. The performance on September 11 will be broadcasted live as part of “Wiener Staatsoper Live” season.

Ferruccio Furlanetto next appointement will be Prince Gremin in EUGEN ONEGIN in Falk Richter production. Conductor - Louis Langrée. In the cast: Olga Bezsmertna (Tatjana) Mariusz Kwiecien (Eugen Onegin), Rolando Villazón (Lenski). Performances on February 25, 28 and March 3 2018.

You can order your tickets now at the Vienna State Oper web-site



Ferruccio Furlanetto sang his favorite role with grand success with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under the musical direction of Tugan Sokhiev in concert version of the Massenet's opera in Toulouse and Vienna. In the cast: Don Quichotte - Ferruccio Furlanetto, Dulcinée - Anna Kiknadze, Sancho - Andrii Goniukov, Pedro - Anastasia Barun, Garcias - Evgenia Asanova, Rodriguez - Taras Prysiazhniuk, Juan - Sergei Radchenko. With the Choeur du Capitole in Toulouse and the Wiener Singverein in Vienna.

Photo and press report are coming soon. The concert performance will be streamed on ORF1 March 11 at 19-30 (Vienna time).

To the ORF1 program details

Live stream at World Concert hall



You can listen for the month to the BBC 3 retransmission of Don Quichotte from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Ferrucio Furlanetto takes the central role in this performance given on Christmas Eve last year at Chicago Lyric Opera and Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

To the BBC 3 transmission

Press about Don Quichotte



On February 16 Ferruccio Furlanetto participated in the benefit concert “Opera arias for the children of Norcia” held at the Metternich Palace in Vienna. The event was organized by Embassy of Italy in Austra, Foundation Rava and NPH Italia to benefit children suffered from the earthquake in Norcia (actually funds from this concert going to reconstruct the school) . Also Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano), Clemens Unterrainer (baritone), Maddalena Del Gobbo (cello) and Natalia Sidorenko (piano) took part in this event.

Ferruccio Furlanetto sang Aleko aria from Rachmaninov's opera, King Philipp aria from Don Carlo, Leporello Catalog aria from Mozart's Don Giovanni and "This nearly was mine" from Rogers and Hammerstain South Pacific.

More about the event



On February 16 the Bachtrack published big and very insightful interview of Ferruccio Furlanetto (interviewer James Imam) about his recent Philipp II in La Scala and about some of his other great roles as well

You can read a whole interview on Bachtrack. It is very big and interesting.

We want to point out just one still unreleased progect about which Maestro Furlanetto is dreaming:

"My secret dream is to do a concert version at Canterbury Cathedral. When Valery Gergiev was at LSO we were pushing in that direction, and I had a meeting with a friend – a Bishop in Canterbury – who loved the idea. They are well-equipped, as they have a chorus, a children's chorus, screens on the side of the Cathedral and a huge screen outside. You could film the performance and transmit it to a larger audience outside. So far, we haven't been able to get the go ahead. Maybe it is because the work is in Italian, but Pizzetti's declamatory style is very faithful to the original text. When he wrote the opera he received compliments from Eliot. I have had a good career, but this project would really be the coronation."

We hope that this fantastic idea will become true one day. And we are very happy that Ferruccio Furlanetto is full of energy and no plans to slow down:

"I tell you, I am not a baby. But my singing is always easier, and I will continue for as long as this remains the case – because singing is not a profession but a privilege. And why not? When I did the Monk with Christoff, he was my age and singing like a god. That was shortly after he had undergone brain surgery – we are talking open skull surgery in 1981. Can you imagine? It was living proof that you can be sensational even if you are getting older. So, let's go on."



More press about the powerful performances of Ferruccio Furlanetto as King Philipp II at La Scala

Fabio Vittorini in Il Manifesto: “Il risultato è intenso, compatto, straziante, incalzante, incalzato dalla splendida interpretazione di Filippo II data da Ferruccio Furlanetto, cui l’età ha conservato un timbro bello e corposo e ha aggiunto una consapevolezza del ruolo in ogni sua piega, preservando il suo fascino anche quando si rifugia nel parlato.”

Milano Reporter: "Filippo II è Ferruccio Furlanetto … La voce conserva ancora una discreta ampiezza e un buono smalto, ma è l’interprete che emerge: sempre intenso e convincente nel fraseggio, imperioso, statuario in scena, campeggia sugli altri. La grande scena dell’Escurial lo trova inizialmente ingolato, ma subito dispiega la voce a rendere palpabile la solitudine e i turbamenti del monarca e le miserie dell’uomo."

Connessi all'Opera: “…La voce è il portento di sempre, sonora e scurissima. La somma conoscenza di tutti i risvolti psicologici insiti nella parte, porta il grande basso a comporre per l’ennesima volta un ritratto altamente credibile del sovrano dilaniato dalla dicotomia tra ruolo pubblico e dimensione privata. La grande scena in solitaria al quarto atto, nel delineare con l’uso sottile dei colori e delle dinamiche la prostrazione dell’uomo innamorato e non riamato a sua volta, risulta assolutamente paradigmatica.”

Wanderer French Blog: “Ferruccio Furlanetto depuis bientôt quarante ans affiche un Filippo II qui fut et reste une pierre miliaire, le succès le plus important de la soirée pour le rôle le mieux défendu. C’est dans la scène avec Posa au deuxième acte, celle qui selon les termes-même de Verdi, lui a fait littéralement « cracher les poumons » , qu’il est le plus spectaculaire, non tant par la voix (Furlanetto n’a jamais été un Ghiaurov), mais pour le phrasé, pour la couleur, pour le poids des mots, insurpassable maîtrise du rôle, et avantage éminent d’être italien, pour le naturel de certains accents et l’agilité du ton. Bien sûr, Ella giammai m’amo’ fait aussi son effet, avec une science consommée des couleurs, plus dans le retour à soi, dans l’interrogation angoissée ou déçue, dans le théâtre au sens noble que l’artiste investit. Plus qu’une interprétation, c’est une incarnation.”

Read all the press



Ferruccio Furlanetto sang his much anticipated Philipp II in Don Carlo at La Scala, which was premiered on January 17. It is his second appearance in this role at the theater after opening the season of 2008-2009, when he sang it with power and perfection (this performance available on DVD).

This time he again became the pillar of this performance with a “sterling musical display” built on his shoulders.

James Imam in the Bachtrack reports: “Near on four decades after making his La Scala debut, his oaken voice remains in fine working order, and it is hard to imagine a more convincing performance of this hectoring King gnarled by paranoia. This was an intimidating portrayal of the role, albeit one laced with vulnerability via a moving “Ella giammai m'amò”.

Read the full review

Danilo Boaretto for the Operaclick: “Ferruccio Furlanetto, dopo oltre quarant’anni di carriera è ancora una volta l’autentico mattatore della serata. Nel corso degli anni lo abbiamo visto tante volte interpretare il ruolo di Filippo II e sempre, al suo ingresso, ne siamo rimasti totalmente soggiogati. Il carisma del grande interprete catalizza l’attenzione dello spettatore in virtù di un portamento autenticamente regale: il suo Filippo II è altero, sprezzante ed al contempo sofferente. La voce è timbricamente inalterata nel suo colore scuro un po’ metallico, ed è ancora molto potente. Il celebre “Ella giammai m’amò” è interpretato con tale verità d’intenti da farci dimenticare di essere di fronte ad un artista e non ad un vero monarca.”

Read the full review



Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing bass part in Verdi Requiem instead of Padre Guardiano in La Forza del Destino in 2017 at the Met.

The Metropolitan Opera announced at January 13 that to save money it was cancelling a new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino”, planned for next season. Several concert performances of Verdi’s Requiem conducted by James Levine would be given in its place with Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as the soloists. It will be performed Nov. 24, 27, 29 and Dec. 2, 2017.



Ferruccio Furlanetto participated in the press-conference for the upcoming Don Carlo premiere at the La Scala, which will be premiered on January 17 with the following performances on January 22, 29, February 1, 4, 8, 12.

Photo report at the La Scala twitter accaunt.



Ferruccio Furlanetto is currently rehearsing the role of Philipp II in Don Carlo, which will be premiered at La Scala on January 17 with the following performances on January 22, 29, February 1, 4, 8, 12.

Furlanetto already sang very strong and with a lot of critics and public praise the role of Philipp II at the La Scala for the season opener of 2008 (available on DVD). The opera, created in five acts in Paris in 1867, made its debut at La Scala in this form in 1978 with Claudio Abbado.

From the theater site: “Now, after 40 years, the version with the “Fontainebleau Act” returns to the Piermarini stage with one of the greatest living conductors of Verdi of our time, Myung-Whun Chung, and Peter Stein’s action-focused directing. A historic fresco and a personal drama, Don Carlo requires six outstanding soloists: singing together at La Scala with the legendary Ferruccio Furlanetto in the role of Filippo will be the magnificent female couple of Krassimira Stoyanova and Ekaterina Semenchuk, and the young, generous voices of Francesco Meli (by now, the go-to tenor for Verdi), Simone Piazzola and Orlin Anastassov.”

Ferruccio Furlanetto debuted at La Scala in 1979, he sang Banco in Macbeth, Don Giovanni and Figaro in Mozart’s operas, Attila, Procida and Fiesco in Verdi operas, Don Basilio, Don Pasquiale, Becket in Assasinio nella Cattedrale and other roles with Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti and Daniele Gatti among others, he gave three solo recitals on the Scala stage.

To the La Scala web site

Don Carlo locandina



Chicago Lyric’s Don Quichotte was named “most all-around successful opera performance of 2016” and one of the Top ten performances of the year by the Chicago Classical Review.

"“Ferruccio Furlanetto etched another unforgettable portrayal as a dignified, charming and ultimately heartbreaking knight of the woeful countenance, a performance to stand with his memorable Boris Godunov of 2011.”"

You can read all the reviews about Don Quichotte here.

Happy Holiday Season to all!



Meet & Greet Ferruccio Furlanetto and Sir Andrew Davis after the Don Quichotte on Sunday, December 4 matinee performance in the Rice Grand Foyer!

The Don Quichotte performances became terrific success, which was indicated in the press, which is collected here. There are two performances left and reviews are still coming.

Here are some of the press praise for Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Quichotte:

"Acclaimed Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto has truly made the title role his own, which is evident from start to finish. Not only does he have the right physique (tall and thin) and age, but the strength, sonority, and authority of his voice are utterly captivating. Moreover, his performance is so utterly authentic and humble. " (Stage and Cinema)

"Ferruccio Furlanetto gave a vivid reading by expressively using his range and technique. His rich tones evoked his memorable Boris Godunov several seasons ago"(Seen and Heard International)

"Furlanetto is internationally identified with the role and delivers with a large, colorful and emotionally connected voice." (New City Stage)

"His complete immersion in the character and his powerful voice -- solid even in its lowest notes -- make his performance the solid foundation on which this fine production is built." (KDHX)

"He was vocal and dramatic perfection in the title role that he has sung to acclaim in Toronto, San Diego, St. Petersburg, Madrid, and Palermo. He sang like a man 20 years younger, no wobble in his powerful sound, his every gesture elegant and sincere. It was a warm, generous performance straight from the heart of a great artist." Parterre Box

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More press are coming about Don Quichotte praising Ferruccio Furlanetto's great performance

Chicago Classical Review headlines Lawrence A. Johnson article "Furlanetto moving and magnificent in Lyric Opera’s “Don Quichotte” indicating "unqualified success". From the article:

"Ferruccio Furlanetto is the world leading exponent of the role of the noble yet “extraordinarily strange” Don Quichotte. And as shown in his memorable Boris Godunov at Lyric in 2011 and again on Saturday night, Furlanetto is among the greatest singing actors on the opera stage today."

"The Italian’s bass remains refined, flexible and warm of tone. His singing throughout was tasteful and immaculate, consistently alive to the comic and dramatic opportunities in the score. Furlanetto sang the Don’s prayer to the murderous bandits (“Seigneur, reçois mon âme, elle n’est pas méchante’) with such noble expression and affecting sincerity one could almost believe the thieves’ instant repentance."

"Dramatically, Furlanetto succeeded in making a fully rounded character of the knight of the woeful countenance. Far from being a ridiculous caricature, Furlanetto’s Don is charming and lovable in his good-hearted, slightly unhinged delusions, even doing a little delighted dance as he pens love verses to his beloved Dulcinee."

"Furlanetto’s touching dignity made the abuse and ridicule by rivals and villagers hard to watch, and the aged Don’s heartbreak and swift decline at Dulcinee’s rejection almost unbearably tragic. One would have to have a heart as stony as the rocks on which the dying Don reclines to not be moved by the opera’s final moments—as his faithful friend Sancho weeps, the Don recalls Dulcinee one final time, beautifully sung by Furlanetto in Massenet’s most shimmering and otherworldly music."

You can read the full article here.

Washington Post reviewing other performance, mentioned also Chicago one:

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is doing “Don Quichotte,” which is a glorious showcase for a bass. (Ferruccio Furlanetto is showing that he has plenty of beauty in his vocal tank.)

Next performances of Don Qiuchotte are on November 23, 28 and December 1, 4, 7



Ferruccio Furlanetto sang Don Quichotte at the Lyric Opera with terrific success.

John von Rhein reports in the Chicago Tribune:

Furlanetto … was fully inside a role he considers his personal favorite.

From the don's grand entrance.. he was no doddering caricature, but, rather, a sweet soul who had read too many chivalric romances and just wanted to undo wrongs and bring justice to the world…He traced his serenade to Dulcinee with deep, rich tones and a supple legato line. There was enough weight in his low register to make Quichotte's more heroic utterances register as they should.

The singer was amusing in the don's wooing of Dulcinee, eloquent in his speech persuading the bandits to surrender her stolen necklace, deeply sympathetic after she rejects him. His death scene was affectingly handled: Beneath a starry canopy, the dying knight errant bequeathed his faithful servant all he had left in the world: an island of dreams.”

Also Hedy Weiss in Chicago Suntimes:

“Don Quichotte (Furlanetto, the tall, slender Italian bass who captures his character’s gentle, deluded but fiercely determined spirit with such truthfulness and vocal warmth that you never doubt him for a moment)”.

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Massenet's DON QUICHOTTE at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Onstage November 19 - December 7

Don't miss live streaming on the WFMT.com of the opening performance.

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Ferruccio Furlanetto is back for the Salzburg Summer Festival 2017 with the role debut of Boris Timofeevich in the Dmitry Shostakovich opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.

Opera in four acts (original version, 1930–32) will be the new original Salzburg Festival production. Conductor – Mariss Jansons, Director - Andreas Kriegenburg. In the main parts: Ferruccio Furlanetto - Boris Timofeyevich Izmaylov, Maxim Paster - Zinowy Borisovich Izmaylov, Nina Stemme - Katerina Lvovna Izmaylova, Maxim Aksenov – Sergey.

Ferruccio Furlanetto debuted at the Salzburg Summer festival in 1986 as Figaro in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production of Le Nozze di Figaro. He sang this part two more times, in 1991 and 1992, in Michael Hampe production. The opera that was performed by Ferruccio Furlanetto at Salzburg Summer Festival most is Don Giovanni: he appeared in it at the eigth festivals from 1987 to 2000 (four times - as Lepporello, and four - as Don Giovanni). From 1999 the time for Don Carlo came: he was king Philip II at the three festivals. In the whole Ferruccio Furlanetto participated in the 17 Summer Festivals and gave 99 performances.

Ferruccio Furlanetto Salzburg Database

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Ferruccio Furlanetto interview about Salzburg



Ferruccio Furlanetto is currently rehearsing Massenet’s Don Quichotte at the Chicago Lyric Opera. It opens at November 19 with the following performances on November 23, 28 and December 1, 4, 7. The opening night will be broadcasted live on the WFMT Radio

“This music, the humanity of this role,” Furlanetto has said of Don Quichotte, “captures the hearts of the people in a unique way.”

From the Lyric Opera site:"The gentle knight seems to have captured this formidable bass’s heart as well. Although he’s performed a remarkable range of repertoire — from Mozart to Mussorgsky — Furlanetto keeps returning to Massenet’s irresistible comédie-héroïque. Audiences in Madrid, St. Petersburg, Toronto, and San Diego have previously hailed Furlanetto’s incomparable performance. In November, he adds Lyric to this growing list.

Furlanetto joins two debuting artists — French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine (Dulcinée) and Italian baritone Nicola Alaimo (Sancho) — in a captivating, new-to-Chicago production. Don Quichotte has been absent from Lyric for more than 20 years. To hear it again will be a treat, especially with the great Ferruccio Furlanetto leading the cast!"

98.7WFMT will air the opening performance live locally (also streaming live on wfmt.com). It will be also rebroadcast internationally in Spring 2017 via The WFMT Radio Network.

You can also read an article anouncing Don Quichotte with incomparable Ferruccio Furlanetto at the Broadway World

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Ferruccio Furlanetto at the Musikverein 2016


On October 22 and 23 Ferruccio Furlanetto sang the bass part in Verdi Requiem in the Großer Saal (Big Golden Hall) of the Musikverein in Vienna. Performed by the Wiener Symphoniker, Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, Conductor - Philippe Jordan, Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano) , Elena Zhidkova (Alt), Joseph Calleja (Tenor ). Both concerts were completely sold out and became tremendous success.

The stellar reviews are coming:

Peter Jarolin in the Kurier wrote: “Ferruccio Furlanetto impressively demonstrated why he is one of the leading basses in the world”.

From the Wiener Zeitung: “…legend Ferruccio Furlanetto …. Furlanetto opened an intimate dialogue in the "Lux aeterna".

Die Presse: “…der ungemein prägnant artikulierende, souveräne Bass Ferruccio Furlanettos”

Stefan Musil in Kronen Zeitung: “ Four luxury voices…profound, shining Ferruccio Furlanetto with beautiful singing of the text... At the end: silent emotion, then cheers!

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Ferruccio Furlanetto at the press-conference in Tokio


On October 11 Ferruccio Furlanetto participated in the big press-conference with the Mariinsky Theatre Artistic director and conductor Valery Gergiev, director of Eugeny Ongein Alexei Stepanyk, members of the Don Carlo and Eugeny Onegin casts - Maria Bayankina, Julia Matochukina, Younghoon Lee, Dmitry Korchak, Alexei Markov and speakers from the Nomura Holdings, Inc. and Group COO Ozaki.

Valery Gergiev in his opening speech pointed special appearance of Ferruccio Furlanetto in the Mariinsky Therater tour and said that, “we are friends with Ferruccio, performed together in many occasions, never missed a possibility to perform together and have big plans for the future”.

Ferruccio Furlanetto: “I’m very glad to be with you and with Mariinsky. This year it is 35 years since my debut in Japan. In 1981 I was here with La Scala in Il Barbiere di Seviglia with Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Abbado… And I must say that Japaneese public was always interested, competent and truly splendid…” Full video of the press-conference is available.

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Poster of Don Carlo in Tokio


On October 10 and 12 Ferruccio Furlanetto sang his favorite Philipp II in Don Carlo with Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Theater Company on Tour in Japan, his performance captivated the public completely, it was huge applause and great success of the whole cast.

Music Director / Conductor: Valery Gergiev, Director - Giorgio Baruberio-Corsetti. In the main parts: Filipp II - Ferruccio Furlanetto, Don Carlo - Yonghoon Lee, Rodrigo - Alexei Markov, Grand Inquisitor - Mikhail Petrenko, Elisabetta di Valois - Victoria Yasutorebova, Eboli - Julia Matochkina.

The performance was grand success with the huge response from the public. It was reflected in the blogs : “Furlanetto was incredibly great” – stated one of the bloggers who attended Furlanetto Salzburg performances in the past .

You can also find information abot the performance and photos at the Japan Arts blog.

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Poster of Furlanetto's recital in Tokio


On October 7 Ferruccio Furlanetto was wowed by the audience at the Toppan Hall. The performance of Italian bass which opened the recital season of the hall was great success. Igor Tchetuev at the piano.

In the program were Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky songs with the Songs and Dances of Death by Mussorgsky at the end. For the encore Furlanetto sang two operatic arias Cavatina of Aleko from Rachmaninov’s Aleko and Aria of Demon from the Rubinstein’s Demon.

Ferruccio Furlanetto’s deep bass “is telling Russian soul with dignity” – Mercuredesarts.com wrote.

Nice feature dedicated to the singer's voice was published at the Toppan Hall magazine N 85. You can download the magazine here.

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Furlanetto as Philipp II in Tokio


Ferruccio Furlanetto is now in Japan, prepearing for his performances of Philip II in Don Carlo at the Bunka Kaikan, Tokio on October 10 and 12 with Mariinsky Theater

During some filming for the video progections used in this Giorgio Barberio Corsetti staging Ferruccio Furlanetto gave brief interview to the music writer Hisae Odashima. He said that this Mariinsky theater production is convincing for him because of it's historical costumes. He never compromise his vision of Philipp II for the modern production.

To play a role with a such strong presence as Filippo II, is it also affecting the own life of a singer?

Furlanetto agrees that it is true. After 36 years passed from his first King Philipp in 1980, the character became much more warm, time also changed his feelings about death and interactions with the other characters. “Splendor of this role is that there is a new discovery every time. The discovery how life is reflected in the role, and also how the role in the opera also has an effect on the life given to go ... there is such interaction»

Furlanetto also spoke about Gergiev with whom he performed so many times: “He is a great musician, is also a close friend to me… it is a great pleasure to play with him. "

But the production which still most memorable for the great Italian bass is Salzburg Easter Festival Don Carlo in 1986 with Maestro Karajan. This performance changed his life and since then he keeps a wig of this Philippo as a good omen and always perform the role in it. “I don’t believe in omens, this wig is the only such a special thing" – adds Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Original material is here.




More press aboutIl Barbiere di Saviglia performances are coming out.

From the Music OMH review: Ferruccio Furlanetto, who was also in the 2009 "dream cast", is brilliant as Don Basilio. Not only are we treated to a world class bass voice, but also a superb portrayal of the music teacher as he towers over Bartolo, often forming menacing diagonals with his body. In his ode to calumny, we feel that he is not particularly worried about actually convincing Bartolo that slander is the way forward (because he already knows he is the more dominant of the pair), but instead is simply getting high on his own thoughts and sense of power.

The performance on 17 September was broadcasted live on BBC Radio 3 and subsequently available on BBC Radio 3 iPlayer for thirty days.

Final press-report.



Photo: Mark Douet/ROH


More stellar reviews about highly successful Il Barbiere di Seviglia at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden are coming out, praising Ferruccio Furlanetto as brilliant Don Basilio from all angles. The Express gives the whole performance ★★★★★, The Guardian ★★★★, The Stage ★★★★, The Times ★★★★ and the Independent ★★★★

Neil Fisher reports in The Times: “Ferruccio Furlanetto returns as the Don Basilio of your dreams — or perhaps your nightmares. As he looms over Fardilha like a Jesuitical incubus, the booming Calumny aria is as horrifying as it is hilarious.” (to read the full review registration or subscription requiered)

Michael Church in The Independant states : "Each new cast – and this is the fourth – has its own strengths. This one is blessed with a gale-force Figaro (Vito Priante) and a Don Basilio (the great Ferrucio Furlanetto) whose turns his calumny-aria – one of Rossini’s most surreal notions – into a larger-than-life nightmare for the hapless Doctor Bartolo (nicely characterized by Jose Fardilha)".

David Gatman in The Stage writes: “And bass Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to reprise his Don Basilio, a wonderfully sonorous grotesque.”

Colin Clarke at the Seen and Heard International adds: “But if there is one singer here who brings a legendary status to proceedings it is Ferruccio Furlanetto’s Don Basilio, a brilliant assumption of the part from all angles.”

And don't forget that performance of Il Barbiere di Seviglia on September 17 will on the air live at the BBC-3 18-30 (local time).

You can see photos from the production at the ROH Flikr page.



Photo: Mark Douet/ROH


Il Barbiere di Saviglia which opened on September 13, became a huge success (curtain call is here).

Tim Ashley reports in The Guardian that the opera got “a terrific performance, this time around, from a truly virtuoso ensemble cast with no weak links. … Ferruccio Furlanetto’s slimeball Basilio, his calumny aria balefully brilliant, is about as good as it gets.”

From the BroadwayWord.com review: “the inimitable Ferruccio Furlanetto, who brings his beautifully modulated bass to the role of Don Basilio.”

And The Classical Source: “Ferruccio Furlanetto’s Don Basilio has now attained ‘classic’ status… Yet, he’s another who knows how to play on words, consonants and syllables to great effect, and in ‘La calumnia’ the orchestra matched him wonderfully.”

Opera performance on September 17 will be transmitted live on BBC-3 18-30 (local time).


Il Barbiere di Seviglia ROH

Photo: Bill Cooper/ROH


Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to the role of Don Basilio (which he last sang for the Company in 2009) in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Il barbiere di Siviglia. The fourth revival of the production is conducted by Henrik Nánási, in the title role Italian baritone Vito Priante. Buenos Aires-born mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack makes her Royal Opera debut as Rosina. Also making their Royal Opera debut are Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, who sings the role of Count Almaviva, and Portuguese baritone José Fardilha, singing the role of Doctor Bartolo.

Ferruccio Furlanetto performance of the opera in 2009 was recorded for DVD and got high critical acclaim: “The brilliant Ferruccio Furlanetto adds another vivid portrait to his video gallery with a Basilio of spidery physicality who can boom out an enormously impressive high note, always making it an integral part of the whole.” (Opera News).

Italian bass made his Royal Opera debut in 1995 as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro). He has returned to sing Don Giovanni, Count Walter (Luisa Miller), Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino), Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Philip II (Don Carlo), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin) for The Royal Opera.

You can hear Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Basiio at the Royal Opera on September 13, 15, 17, 21, 28 at 6.45pm and September 23 at 12 noon.

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Ferruccio Furlanetto

Photo: Igor Sakharov


Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to Sydney, Opera Australia in September 2017 after his acclaimed performances as King Philip II in Don Carlos to give two recitals with pianist Igor Tchetuev in the intimate surrounds of City Recital Hall.

Furlanetto's powerful interpretation of Schubert's stunning song cycle, Winterreise, captures the energy, despair and sensual longing of the work. Journey with him as he traverses a cold winter landscape, painted one falling leaf and shard of ice at a time by Tchetuev's piano.

A second program explores the soulful poetry of Russian art song. Only the vast expanse of a Russian winter could inspire Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death and Rachmaninov's moody romances. Somehow, the music captures the darkness, cold and longing of a people waiting for the sun, for life and love to return — sparks of light and hope in a bleak night.

City Recital Hall, Angel Place: September 27 – 29, 2017. Tickets are on sale now.

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