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BassFerruccio Furlanetto (born 16 May 1949 in Sacile, Italy) is an Italian bass. His professional debut was in 1979 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, in a production of Verdi's Macbeth, conducted by Claudio Abbado. He has gone on to sing numerous roles, including both Don Giovanni and Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Philip II in Verdi's Don Carlos, Figaro in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Zaccaria in Verdi's Nabucco, Mephistopheles in Gounod's Faust, Orestes in Strauss' Elektra, Fiesco in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, the title role of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, as well as several other roles.
He has sung in the world's major opera houses. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1980-81 season, and has also performed at the Opera de Paris (Bastille), the Salzburg Easter Festival and the regular Salzburg Festival, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Tel Aviv Opera.
His appearances in the United States have been primarily with the Metropolitan Opera and San Diego Opera. With the latter company he has sung the title role in Oberto (1985), Mephistopheles in Faust (1988 and 2001), the title role in Don Giovanni (1993 and 2000), King Philip in Don Carlo (2004), Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia (2006), and his only US appearances in the title roles in Boris Godunov (2007) and Don Quichotte in 2009. He sings his first Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier with San Diego Opera in 2011.
He is also widely in demand as a concert singer. He sang in Mozart's Coronation Mass under the baton of Herbert von Karajan, in an extraordinary performance at the Vatican in the presence of Pope John Paul II that was broadcast world-wide. He has also appeared often in recital at La Scala, the Berlin Deutsche Oper, the Gran Teatro del Liceu of Barcelona, the Vienna Musikverein, and many other venues.
Mr. Furlanetto is a devoted golfer. Although not a traditional buffo, his comic roles, such as Leporello, are regarded as outstanding. On DVD, the bass-baritone can be seen as the Grand Inquisiteur in Verdi's Don Carlos, in a production conducted by James Levine and staged by John Dexter, from the Met, in 1983. Also in the cast are Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Grace Bumbry, Louis Quilico and Nicolai Ghiaurov. Ferruccio Furlanetto is also featured in a DVD of Mozart's Don Giovanni, playing the part of Leporello, under the batton of Herbert von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in the 1987 Salzburg Festival. Furthermore, Ferruccio Furlanetto plays the part of Sparafucile in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's 1982 production of Rigoletto (along with Luciano Pavarotti, who assumed the role of the Duke of Mantua).
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