Today, May 16th, is the Birthday of the extraordinary Opera singer Ferruccio Furlanetto!
Ferruccio Furlanetto is one of the greatest Basses of our time. His dark voice is powerful, majestic, deep, beautiful,elegant, impressive and very rich. Along with Nicolai Ghiaurov, Rene Pape, Samuel Ramey, James Morris and the legendary Cesare Siepi, Ferruccio Furlanetto is one of the finest basses of the Opera.
And he is not only an impressive opera singer but Ferruccio Furlanetto also has an extraordinary acting talent.
He is a grand interpreter of Verdi, Mozart, Mussorsgky, Tchaikovsky, Gounod, Massenet and Rossini. He sings in Italian, French, Russian, English and now in German with Schubert’s Winterreise!
The critics and opera public loves him for his powerful voice and excellent acting ability.
Ferruccio Furlanetto has collaborated with the greatest conductors like Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Sir Georg Solti, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Georges Pêtre, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons and Leonard Bernstein.
And he also performs in the greatest Opera houses of the world: La Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Opera National de Paris, the New-York Metropolitan Opera and the Mariinsky Theatre.
Along with Placido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Mirella Freni, Sherrill Milnes, Samuel Ramey, Edita Gruberova and Montserrat Caballe, he is a living legend of the opera.
In my opinion, Ferruccio Furlanetto is the best and greatest King Filippo II in history of the opera. In Verdi’s “Don Carlo”, Ferruccio Furlanetto’s performance as King Filippo II is powerful, impressive, touching, chilling, moving and in other words, one of a kind! No one can sing and perform”Ella giammai m’amò” like Ferruccio Furlanetto.
And what about his “Boris Godunov”? Ferruccio Furlanetto is an “artist of artists” as Boris Godunov. I can not think of another bass singer than Ferruccio Furlanetto as Boris Godunov. His performance in Mussorgsky’s opera “Boris Godunov” is historical and to remember forever.
And his is the first Italian bass to sing the title role of Boris.
And of course, we also admire his impressive performance as Fiesco in Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”. The role of Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra’s enemy) is one of the most difficult roles of this opera and Ferruccio Furlanetto’s performance is heart-breaking.
His performance as “Don Quichotte”, in Jules Massenet’s opera, is dramatic, wonderful, touching, heart-breaking, extraordinary and very moving.
But in Gound’s “Faust” as Mephisto, he is menacing, scary, evil, in other words, diabolical. Both in voice and acting.
All opera lovers love and admire his unforgettable performance as Leporello in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. In my opinion, Ferruccio Furlanetto is the greatest Leporello in history of the opera!
Mozart and Verdi would be very proud to have an extraordinary bass like Ferruccio Furlanetto.
King Filippo II, Leporello, Boris Godunov, Don Quichotte, Mephisto, Fiesco, Becket, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Zaccaria, Gremin, Basilio, Sparafucile, Procida and Attila, all of this magnificent roles were performed by this incredible artist, a true talent of the history of the opera, one of the greatest opera stars of our time…Ferruccio Furlanetto!
Buon cumpleanno Ferruccio Furlanetto! Happy Birthday Ferruccio Furlanetto!