Attila: Attila - Ferruccio Furlanetto
Teatro alla Scala
Photo: Lelli e Masotti © Teatro alla Scala
In the title role of Attila
Don’t miss Ferruccio Furlanetto starring in the title role of Verdi’s “Attila” at the San Francisco Opera and Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.
His return to San Francisco company after the long period of absence (previous performances here was at the beginning of his career in 1979 and 1981) with this rare and demanding part is much anticipated. Ferruccio Furlanetto debuted with Attila in La Scala in 1991 and after that he successfully sang it in Italy and recorded it for “Dynamic”.
From Ferruccio Furlanetto’s the interview:
“Verdi from the very beginning of my career to the present days represented and represents such an important aspect of my artistic life. I went through, basically, all Verdi's major roles with a special eye to those which are requesting a wider depth of interpretation like King Philip, Fiesco, Procida, Silva and Attila. This last one arrived relatively late in my career also because, unfortunately, it is not given so often. It is a very demanding role under the vocal point of view, the Caballetta following the aria is very extended, vocally, but it is also the most rewarding between all the Verdi's Caballettas , therefore when I face it, I dive into it with great joy.It would be worth to sing this opera even if the role would go beyond the first act because the scene starting with the aria, caballetta and finale primo is so magnificent for the interpreter that represents a little world on its own.”
The cast of ‘Attila” in San Francisco are led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti and includes Venezuelan soprano Lucrecia Garcia as Odabella, Quinn Kelsey as Ezio and Samuel Ramey is Pope Leo I.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. June 12, 15, and 23; 7:30 p.m. June 20 and 28; and 2 p.m. July 1.
In St. Petersburg Ferruccio Furlanetto will repeat the part on July 9 during “The Stars of White Nights Festival”, under the lead of Valery Gergiev. Maria Gulegina will be Odabella, Vladislav Sulimsky – Ezio and Sergey Skorokhodov – Foresto.