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Sam Furness

Tenor

Biography

Welsh tenor Sam Furness makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Novice (Billy Budd), returning as Holy Fool (Boris Godunov). In the 2019/20 Season he sings Youth, American, Gondolier and Boy Player (Death in Venice) and White King/Mad Hatter (Alice’s Adventures Under Ground).

Furness was a choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, and went on to study singing at the Royal Academy of Music. He sings regularly for Garsington Opera, where his repertory includes Jaquino (Fidelio), Baron Lummer (Intermezzo), Flamand (Capriccio) and Gaspar (the world premiere of David Sawer’s The Skating Rink). Other appearances include Spirit of the Masque (Gloriana) and Novice for Teatro Real, Madrid, Rodolphe (Guillaume Tell) for Theater an der Wien, Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for Northern Ireland Opera, Vitek (The Makropulos Affair) for Opera Vlaanderen, Albert Gregor (The Makropulos Affair) for Zürich Opera, Cavalier (Cardillac) for Opera Vlaanderen, Don José (Carmen) for Jyväskylän Ooppera, Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) for English Touring Opera, Joe (La fanciulla del West) for English National Opera, Albert Herring for the Maggio Musicale, Florence, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Opera Holland Park, and Števa (Jenufa) for Scottish Opera.

Furness has sung in recital at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall. His concert repertory includes Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Samson, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem and Britten’s St Nicolas.

Photos

Joshua Bloom, Mark Stone, Peter Tantsits and Sam Furness in Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness in Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness, Peter Tantsits and Claudia Boyle in rehearsal for Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness as Holy Fool in Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Claudia Boyle in Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Peter Tantsits, Claudia Boyle and Sam Furness in Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness in rehearsal for Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness as Hotel Guest and Dominic Sedgwick as English Clerk in rehearsal for Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness, Claudia Boyle and Peter Tantsits in rehearsal for Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness, Peter Tantsits and Claudia Boyle in Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness in Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness in Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness

Production photo of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness, Claudia Boyle and Peter Tantsits in Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness in Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness as Hotel Guest, Dominic Sedgwick as English Clerk and Hanna Hipp as Hotel Guest in rehearsal for Death in Venice, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness as Holy Fool in Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

Sam Furness as Holy Fool in Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Death in Venice, The Royal Opera