"DON CARLO" AT THE VIENNA STATE OPERA
"SIMON BOCCANEGRA" AT THE VIENNA STATE OPERA
"SIMON BOCCANEGRA" AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
"DON CARLO" AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
AROUND "MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL": INTERVIEWS, PODCASTS, BACKSTAGE
"MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL": PRESS-REPORT
"DON CARLO" AT THE MET
"DON QUICHOTTE" AT THE MARIINSKY THEATER
"SIMON BOCCANEGRA" AT THE LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
SUCCESSFUL RETURN TO VIENNA "BORIS"
I VESPRI SICILIANI AT THE VIENNA STATE OPERA
Press and Photo Report
FIRST WINTERREISE IN AUSTRIA
Press and Photo Report
LOOKING FORWARD FOR WINTERREISE
Interview in Der Standard
ATTILA IN SAN FRANCISCO: PRESS REPORT
Press and media report about the performance
Ferruccio Furlanetto as Attila
GALA CONCERT IN OSTRAVA
About the concert
DON QUICHOTTE AT THE EASTER FESTIVAL (MOSCOW)
Full video of the performance with press-report
BORIS GODUNOV AT THE VIENNA STATE OPERA
KUNSTLEGESPRACHE AT THE VIENNA STAATSOPER
Watch several parts of the Talk Show on the video
WINTERREISE CD IN REVIEW
Winterreise CD in review
MEETING AT DOBLINGER
Watch the Talk Show on the video
SIMON BOCCANEGRA AT THE VIENNA STAATSOPER IN REVIEW
Simon Boccanegra press-report
BORIS GODUNOV IN TEATRO MASSIMO DI PALERMO
Press, photo, video and Prima della Prima TV program
FEBRUARY AT THE MET
"Ernani", "Faust" and "Barber of Seville" at the Met
MEETING AT THE MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Watch several parts of the Talk Show on the video
What would it take to hear a recital of Schubert by Ferruccio Furlanetto?
Fred Plotkin's Feature on Ferruccio Furlanetto and Luca Pisaroni
BORIS GODUNOV AT THE LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
ABOUT BORIS GODUNOV
Ferruccio Furlanetto's Interview
Season 2013 - 2014
Aida at the Teatro San Carlo
Opera season opens in Naples
Published November 15, 2013
Ferruccio Furlanetto sings Ramfis in ‘Aida’ for the opening of the Teatro San Carlo opera and ballet season in Naples on December 5. The San Carlo entrust itself to the ‘pyrotechnics’ of Franco Dragone who will stage new production of ‘Aida’, which is chosen to celebrate the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth. The director, inventor of the magical universe of the Cirque du Soleil, here at his first experience with opera, promises to amaze, in his typical style, with a show uniting visual virtuosity and the use of ‘avant guard’ technologies. In the main parts: Aida: Lucrecia Garcia / Kristin Lewis, Radames: Jorge De Leòn / Fabio Sartori, Amneris: Ekaterina Semenchuk / Anna Smirnova, Amonasro: Marco Vratogna / Claudio Sgura. In the pit - Nicola Luisotti. Ferruccio Furlanetto sings at the opening on December 5 with additional performances on 7, 10, 12, 14, 15
King Philipp at the Vienna State Opera
The press reports
Published October 31, 2013
All three performances of “Don Carlo” at the Vienna State Opera became stunning success for Ferruccio Furlanetto (King Philipp). It was his first appearance in the Daniele Abbado production. GMD Franz Welser-Möst was in the pit. In the other principle parts: Don Carlo – Ramon Vargas, Posa – Ludovic Tézier, Eboli – Violeta Urmana, Elisbeth – Tamar Iveri. Der Neuer Merker about last night. “Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto dominated the stage from his first appearance as overbearing and also lonely King Philip II With his powerful, resonant and flexible bass he gave the role majestic dignity and the human, vulnerable side…”
Ferruccio Furlanetto Triumphs Again as Philipp II in “Don Carlo“
The first night at Vienna State Opera became stunning success
Published October 15, 2013
Ferruccio Furlanetto once again put the House on the Ring down with King Philipp’s aria and received the biggest ovation at the call. As Der Standard reports the singer's portrayal of the Spanish king became the turning point of the drama, when the scenic and directorial environment becomes not important.
Der Neuer Merker confirms: “Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto dominated the stage action from his first appearance as strong and at same moment lonely King Pilipp II. With his powerful, resonant and 'flexible bass he gave the role both majestic dignity and human, vulnerability which Verdi put in the great aria "M'amò Ella giammai ..." Full review in German here.
The upcoming performances of “Don Carlo” are on October 16 and 19, but they are completely sold out.
For Verdi 200 Anniversary Celebration
Ferruccio Furlanetto sings his signature parts
Published October 9, 2013
Ferruccio Furlanetto sang his 50th Fiesco in Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” at the Vienna State Opera. All three evenings of the opera were huge success with long ovations, followed by stellar reviews.
With the 200th Verdi's anniversary going on, Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing his world-wide celebrated part of Philipp II in “Don Carlo”. His most recent performance (May 2013) in this part from the Royal Opera House can be heard at the BBC player right now and till October 14.
“Don Carlo” in the Vienna State Opera will start on October 13, with following performances on 16 and 19. In all-star cast: Ramon Vargas (Don Carlo), Tamar Ivery (Elisabeth), Violeta Urmana (Eboli), Ludovic Tezier (Posa), Eric Halfvarson (Grand Inquisitor), General Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducts. All tickets were sold out long ago.
Signing Session at the Arcadia Opera Shop
After the performance on October 4
Published October 2, 2013
Don’t miss KS Ferruccio Furlanetto as Fiesco in the „Simon Boccanegra“last in this season at the Vienna State Opera. After the performance Ferruccio Furlanetto with Thomas Hampson will autograph CDs in the ARCADIA OPERA SHOP. The end of the performance is at about 21.45.
First two evenings of the opera were smashing success. From the latest review in Die Presse: “Der beeindruckende Ferruccio Furlanetto stand, seinen saftig dunklen Bass nuancenreich einsetzend, wie schon bei der Premiere Hampson auch diesmal wieder als Fiesco gegenüber.“
Photo Michael Poen
“Simon Boccanegra” in the Austrian Press
First reviews are coming out
Published September 29, 2013
The first night of “Simon Boccanegra” became huge success as it is also clearly indicated by the first reviews.
The Kurier is giving 4,5 stars to the performance and writes: “Once more , the wonderful Ferruccio Furlanetto impresses as Fiesco.. He also creates an intense character with his very clear pronunciation –like by his partners-and his refined bass. His duet with Hampson arouses enthusiasm and turns Verdi's drama to a real psychothriller.”
And Österreich was “impressed by the Italian prince of the basses, Ferruccio Furlanetto, as dark Fiesco”.
Wiener Zeitung writes that „Ferruccio Furlanetto as sonorous Fiesco made us tremble once more”.
And Kronen Zeitung adds: “With big, luminous bass and perfect diction he characterized this proud aristocrat turn between strict code of honor, political stiff sense and intrigues.
Photo Michael Poen
“Simon Boccanegra” returns to the Vienna State Opera
Ferruccio Furlanetto triumps as Fiesco again
Published September 28, 2013
“Simon Boccanegra” was opened last night at the Vienna State Opera with stunning success and 20 min ovations. Ferruccio Furlanetto sings in this Peter Stain’s production since its premiere in 2002. He sang the role 48 times at the House of the Ring since 1990, and this exact production was shown 67 times.
This time he reunited again with Thomas Hampson in the title part, with whom he not only sang the premier of this production, but most recently performed the opera at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Covent-Garden in London.
Renate Wagner in the first review in Der Neue Merker praises Ferruccio Furlanetto’s performance pointing the delightful velvety of the tone, especially in the Prologue, who is even capable, at the end (there are almost 20 years in-between) to give, as older man, a less colorless sound.
The next performances on October 1 and 4th. More reviews to come.
In the cast of Peter Stain’s production: Thomas Hampson in the main part, Tamar Ivery - as Amelia, Joseph Calleja – as Adorno, Adam Plachetka – as Paolo, Alain Altinoglu conducts.
View the Vienna State Opera trailer. This performance from 2002 is available on DVD.
Ferruccio Furlanetto about the character. From the meeting at the Lyric Opera of Chicago hosted by Lyric Opera publicist Roger Pines
Don't Miss Ferruccio Furlanetto at the Vienna State Opera
The Intelligent Life recommends
Published September 16, 2013
For his pick of this autumn's classical music, UK renown critic Michael Church chooses three roles by Ferruccio Furlanetto at the Vienna State Opera
From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, September/October 2013: “They call him the Prince of Basses, and it fits. When Ferruccio Furlanetto is on stage, the chaste beauty of his sound seems to pervade the auditorium even when he’s silent, so compelling—even frightening—is his presence. Fans cross oceans to catch his performances: his speciality lies in tormented, self-doubting monarchs, notably Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, a role he sings this winter in Vienna. Once a formidable Don Giovanni, this elegant Italian gladly accepts that his Mozart days are over. "At 64, - he says, - happiness is singing the anguish of Verdi’s Philip II, or Tsar Boris’s tearful farewell to his subjects.”
Royal Opera “Don Carlo” broadcast on BBC Radio 3
Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II
Published August 31, 2013
Royal Opera performances to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 over Autumn and Winter 2013/14 have been confirmed. Don’t miss ‘Don Carlo’ with Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philipp II on Monday 7 October, 6.15 pm (London time).
The highly critically acclaimed performance became stunning success. Michael Church wrote for The Independent: “…the show’s still centre was the Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, a philosophical prince of darkness commanding events with baleful demeanour and a burnished tone; his self-tormenting soliloquy was imbued with a massive sadness, and in his duet with the Grand Inquisitor (Eric Halfvarson) the two bass voices meshed in intensely dramatic combat.” The same critic recommended in “The Intelligent Life” magazine (September-October issue) three next season appearances of Ferruccio Furlanetto in Vienna State Opera (as Fiesco, Philipp II and Boris Godunov) as one of the most interesting performances of the next season.
“As Philip II, Ferruccio Furlanetto boasts a powerful stage presence and a voice both charged with authority and haunted by inner demons.” – adds Barry Millington in the London Evening Standard.
Furlanetto’s performance were also highly praised by the Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian and other editions. You can find the whole press here.
In the Royal Opera performance scheduled for broadcast by BBC 3 Ferruccio Furlanetto is joined by Don Carlo –Jonas Kaufmann, Elizabeth of Valois - Lianna Haroutounian, Posa - Mariusz Kwiecien, Eboli - Beatrice Uria-Monzon, Grand Inquisitor - Eric Halfvarson. Conductor - Antonio Pappano.
The broadcast will be available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.
Photo Michael Poen
Ferruccio Furlanetto’s new season includes Philipp II, Boris Godunov and Don Quichotte
Starting soon with singnature Verdi roles at the Vienna State Opera
Published August 29, 2013
In the 2013-14 season Ferruccio Furlanetto will return to the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, including the Vienna State Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Gran Theater in Geneva, the Teatro Real Madrid, the San Diego Opera, the Canadian Opera in Toronto, Suntory Hall in Tokio, Berlin Philharmonia, Moscow Big Conservatory Hall, Salle Pleiel in Paris and L'Auditori in Barcelona.
Ferruccio Furlanetto launches his 2013-14 season with two Verdi key bass parts in Vienna State Opera: he returns as Fiesco to ‘Simon Boccanegra’ and will be seen as Philipp II in ‘Don Carlo’. He won international acclaim in both parts most recently at the Royal Opera Covent-Garden (“singing with an imposing authority” Financial Times, 2013) and the Metropolitan Opera (“giving a spellbinding master class on the adage” New York Times 2013).
And in January he is Boris Godunov at the House on the Ring, returning to Yannis Kokkos production – again for his favorite and acclaimed role widely praised last season not only in Vienna, but also in Bolshoi Theater, Moscow.
He will continue performing the bigger than life figure of tormented Russian tzar in concert with L'Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under the lead of Tugan Sokhiev in France: Toulouse (February 3), Paris Salle Pleiel (February 5), and in Spain during Orchestra’s tour in Pamplona, Oviedo and Barcelona.
In spring Ferruccio Furlanetto will return to one of his most beloved characters – Massenet’s Don Quichotte, performing the part with San Diego Opera and in his debut with Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. St.Petersburg fans are also looking forward to his return to Yaniss Kokkos production of the opera at the Mariinsky Theater having strong hopes that this stunning performance will be filmed for DVD this time.
Furlanetto’s operatic season engagements also includes Procida in I Vespri Siciliani at the Teatro Real, Madrid and Ramfis in Aida in the San Carlo, Napoli.
In the concert hall, Furlanetto opens the 2013-14 season with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra under Nicola Luisotti in Suntory Hall, Tokio in a performance of Verdi Requiem in a memory of the Great East Japan Earthquake. He will sing Verdi Requiem later during the season in San Diego joining Krassimira Stoyanova, Piotr Beczala and Stephanie Blythe with Massimo Zanetti conducting San Diego Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
In the recital Ferruccio Furlanetto will be heard at the Grand Theater of Geneve, Berlin Philharmonia, La Scala Milan, Moscow Big Conservatory Hall and the Carintishe Sommer Festival.
Season 2012 - 2013
Photo ROH/Clive Barda
All the press about Covent Garden performances
Published July 21, 2013
Ferruccio Furlanetto had finished the long run of the performances at the Royal Opera House: 8 as Philipp II in “Don Carlo” and 7 as Fiesco in “Simon Boccanegra”.
All performances were huge success and received stellar reviews. “Philipp II again is perfectly sung by Ferruccio Furlanetto: his double act with Pappano’s pacing and accompanying is one of the most moving and thought-provoking of this unforgettable evening.” – wrote Hilary Finch for the The Times
And here from The Times review about “Simon Boccanegra”: “Ferruccio Furlanetto’s basso profundo returns to the role, and is every bit as inexorable as and prophetic as Verdi wanted it to be. And his voice can quiver, too, with gasps of grief and despair, as tomb and throne become fused in Boccanegra’s destiny.”
Ferruccio Furlanetto will return to his favorite Verdi roles in Vienna at the beginning of the season.
Photo Dan Rest
“Hugely Impressive Performance”
More reviews on Simon Boccanegra at Covent Garden
Published July 7, 2013
“Ferruccio Furlanetto’s proudly sung Fiesco, who gets more imposing every time we see him, - writes Richard Fairman for Financial Times, pointing that the singer “felt completely comfortable with his role and stood ready to deliver the goods.”
“Ferruccio Furlanetto as Fiesco makes his second back-to-back Verdi appearance of the season following a memorable Philip II in Don Carlo and his compassionate, committed portrayal of Amelia's long-lost grandfather makes clear sense of a complex role” – writes Mark Valencia for What’s On Stage.
William Hartston from Express confirms hugely impressive performances from Ferruccio Furlanetto. As well as The Stage: “Ferruccio Furlanetto is the weighty Fiesco, pouring out rich Italianate tone all night”.
And from Colin Clarke review for Seen and Heard International: “Fiesco has the first extended solo of the opera. Italian bass Ferrucio Furlanetto carries a world of experience with him. His prayer in the Prologue to Maria was not only intense, but notable also for its true attunement not only to character and situation, but for its resonance with true, great Verdi singing. Furlanetto sang this role at Covent Garden in 2008, and in 2010 (in two different productions); he sang Fiesco also in the recent Chicago Lyric production. In many ways, it was Furlanetto who was the steering force for this performance to attain and maintain its sense of the special; of particular note was his “Come un fantasma”, a masterclass in great Verdi assumption. The final act meeting of the two (heralded by an unaccompanied line delivered spectacularly by four absolutely unison horns) provided gripping theatre, Pappano allowing the music to speak while retaining that sense of flow.”