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Ferruccio Furlanetto began his career more than 45 year ago and performed the roles of Philip II (Don Carlo) at the Salzburg Easter Festival, and Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Salzburg Summer Festival in 1986.
He performed under 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, James Levine, Semyon Bychkov, Ricardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Jurowski, Tugan Sokhiev, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Philippe Jordan, Alain Altinoglu, Riccardo Chailly.
He is a regular guest star at major venues such as the Paris Opera, La Scala, Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera New York, as well as in Rome, Turin, Florence, Bologna, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, San Diego, at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the San Diego, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco Opera houses and in Sydney. He also performs in the Baden Baden and Aix-en-Provence festivals, the Paris Philharmonie, the Vienna Musikverein, the Tokyo Suntory Hall and Arena di Verona.
He was the first Italian bass singer to ever sing Boris Godunov’s title role at the Mariinsky Theatre, St-Petersburg, a role which he also performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Ferruccio Furlanetto also performs in recitals (Rachmaninov, Moussorgski, Schubert…), and also interpreted a programme with pianist Natalia Sidorenko, beginning 2022 at La Scala, Milan.
He has made many recordings and videos and received several awards, including a Verdi Medal in Italy and, recently, the San Francisco Opera Medal. He is Honorary Ambassador to the United Nations, Kammersänger and Honorary Member of the Vienna Staatsoper.
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