From: Sacile, Italy. LA Opera: King Philip II in Don Carlo (2006, debut; also 2018). Upcoming: Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande (2022).
One of the greatest basses of our time, Ferruccio Furlanetto is one of the most sought after singers in the world. The critics praise him for his vast range, thundering vocal power, and excellent acting ability. His international career began with the role of King Philip II in Don Carlo at the Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Herbert von Karajan in 1986. In the same year he debuted at the Salzburg Summer Festival with the role of Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro. His debuts on the leading opera stages happened earlier: Teatro alla Scala (1979), Metropolitan Opera (1980), Vienna State Opera (1985).
He has collaborated with some leading orchestras and conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Barenboim, Georges Prêtre, Semyon Bychkov, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons and Vladimir Jurowski. He performs in concerts and recitals at the leading world’s concert halls, in the repertory ranging from Verdi’s Requiem to Russian songs and Schubert’s Winterreise. He has made numerous recordings of opera on CD and DVD, and his performances were broadcasted internationally over the radio and television. He feels equally at home at many opera houses such as La Scala in Milan, London's Royal Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, the Opera National de Paris, and the Metropolitan Opera as well in Rome, Turin, Florence, Bologna, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Moscow. At the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, he has become the first Italian bass to appear in the title role of Boris Godunov. He also performed the role on the stage of Bolshoi Theater with great critical and public acclaim last season, becoming the only western artist who sang Boris Godunov on both historical main stages of Russia.
Ferruccio Furlanetto is Honorary Ambassador to the United Nations as well as Kammersänger and Honorary Member of the Vienna State Opera.
Mr. Furlanetto made his LA Opera debut in 2006 as King Philip II in Don Carlo, a role he reprised in 2018.
Engagements for the 2022/23 season include Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin with San Francisco Opera.