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Ferruccio Furlanetto

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Biography

Ferruccio Furlanetto in action.
Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II in Don Carlo, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2013

Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto 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.

Furlanetto originally studied classical philology and natural science. He switched to singing at the age of 22, studying with Ettore Campogalliani, and made his professional debut in 1974. He made his debut at La Scala, Milan, in 1979 singing Banquo (Macbeth). In addition to his Royal Opera roles, his repertory includes Mustafà (L’italiana in Algeri), Silva (Ernani), Procida (I vespri siciliani), Khovansky (Khovanshchina), Tommaso Becket (Assassinio nella cattedrale) and the title roles of Attila, Boris Godunov and Don Quichotte. He sings regularly for such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opéra, Bolshoi Theatre and Mariinsky Theatre.

Furlanetto is a prolific concert artist and recitalist. He has sung Verdi’s Requiem worldwide, including at the BBC Proms, and has performed Schubert’s Winterreise at venues including the Paris Opéra. He is an Honorary Ambassador to the United Nations.

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Madeleine Pierard, José Fardilha, Ferruccio Furlanetto, member of the Royal Opera House Chorus, Vito Priante, Javier Camarena and Daniela Mack in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Basilio, José Fardilha as Don Bartolo, Madeleine Pierard as Berta, Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva, Vito Priante as Figaro and Daniela Mack as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

José Fardilha as Don Bartolo and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto, José Fardilha, Daniela Mack, Madeleine Pierard, Javier Camarena, Vito Priante and the Royal Opera House Chorus in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Jacopo Fiesco and Thomas Hampson as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra

José Fardilha as Don Bartolo, Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Basilio, Vito Priante as Figaro, Daniela Mack as Rosina and Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto, José Fardilha, Vito Priante, Javier Camarena, Madeleine Pierard and Daniela Mack in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II in Don Carlo, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Jacopo Fiesco and Dimitri Platanias as Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra

Ferruccio Furlanetto, José Fardilha, Vito Priante, Javier Camarena, Madeleine Pierard, Daniela Mack and members of the Royal Opera House Chorus in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Basilio, José Fardilha as Don Bartolo, Javier Camarena as Count Almaviva, Madeleine Pierard as Berta and Daniela Mack as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Basilio and José Fardilha as Don Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Prince Gremin and Nicole Car in Kasper Holten's Eugene Onegin

Ferruccio Furlanetto

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II and Mariusz Kwiecień as Posa in Don Carlo, The Royal Opera

Marco Vratogna and Ferruccio Furlanetto in Simon Boccanegra (1881 version), The Royal Opera

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II and Anja Harteros as Elizabeth in Don Carlo

Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II and Mariusz Kwiecien as Rodrigo