Ferruccio Furlanetto


The Italian bass, regarded internationally for more than four decades as one of the world’s most celebrated artists, has enjoyed numerous triumphs as Don Quichotte, which he considers his favorite role. His portrayal has been hailed at Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company, San Diego Opera, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre (CD), Madrid’s Teatro Real, and Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. Major projects this season include reprises of his incomparable portrayals of Verdi’s Phillip II (Vienna, Milan, Tokyo), Rossini’s Don Basilio (Covent Garden), and Shostakovich’s Boris Timofeyevitch (Salzburg). Recent successes include Fiesco (Met, Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg), Prince Gremin (London, Vienna), and Banquo (Vienna). Furlanetto, who initially established himself internationally as one of his generation’s foremost Mozartians, today boasts a repertoire of roles as diverse as Mustafà/L’italiana in Algeri (Vienna), Boris Godunov (Lyric, Moscow, Vienna, Paris, St. Petersburg), Thomas Becket/Pizzetti’s Murder in the Cathedral (Milan, San Diego), and Émile de Becque/South Pacific (Vienna). His recitals include appearances at San Diego Opera, La Scala, and the Vienna State Opera. Highlights of the bass’s vast discography include the Mozart/da Ponte operas, Schubert’s Winterreise, all of Furlanetto’s signature Verdi roles, Boito’s Mefistofele, and a solo album of Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff songs. Among the bass’s many honors is the Opera News Award (2015)

Previously at Lyric: Title role/Don Quichotte (2016|17); Fiesco/Simon Boccanegra (2012|13); title role/Boris Godunov (2011|12).

Last updated: November 19, 2016