V2061. FERRUCCIO FURLANETTO, w.Ion Marin Cond. Vienna S.O. Arias from Don Giovanni, Nozze, Die Zauberflöte & Così fan Tutte. (E.U.) Newton Classics 8802179, recorded 15 Oct., 1990. Final Copy! - 8718247711796
“Celebrating the genius of Mozart, this exciting release features 15 of his most celebrated operatic arias, performed by legendary bass-baritone Ferruccio Furlanetto.
The compilation traces Mozart’s four most famous operas and details nine separate characters in the space of an hour. From Figaro’s military-style ‘Non più andrai’ to the Count’s display of jealous insecurity in ‘Hai già vinta la causa!’ – two of four arias from LE NOZZE DI FIGARO – Furlanetto also explores the servant-nobleman rôles in DON GIOVANNI, performing the infamous ‘Madamina! il catalogo è questo’ and ‘Champagne Aria’ among others. COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Mozart’s third and final collaboration with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, sees the bass-baritone take on the rôle of Guglielmo, while in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, written just a couple of months before the composer’s death, the singer contrasts the naivety of Papageno the birdcatcher (‘Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja’ and ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’) with the wisdom and purity of Sarastro (‘In diesen heil’gen Hallen’).
Representing the pinnacle of Mozart’s mature style, these arias run the full gamut of emotions and reveal Furlanetto’s range of technical and expressive virtuosity. To find the same artist singing such a wide variety of rôles in his career, let alone on the same disc, is a rare thing: this recording is a fine addition to the Newton Classics vocal library.”
- Newton Classics
“At 66, the great Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto may have lost a little vocal luster….[but] Mr. Furlanetto brought consummate style and darkly rich colorings to his performance [as Fiesco, in SIMON BOCCANEGRA]. Here, voice type and expressivity were one.”
- Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 3 April, 2016
“Ferruccio Furlanetto is an Italian bass-baritone whose professional début was in 1979 at La Scala 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 EUGEN ONÉGIN, Zaccaria in Verdi's NABUCCO, Méphistophélès in Gounod's FAUST, Orestes in Strauss' ELEKTRA, Fiesco in Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA, the title role of Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV, and several other roles.
He has sung in the major opera houses. He débuted at the Metropolitan in the 1980-1981 season and has also performed at the Opéra de Paris (Bastille), the Salzburg Easter Festival and the regular Salzburg Festival, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Tel Aviv Opera.”
- Joseph Stevenson, allmusic.com
“Ferruccio Furlanetto débuted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1979, in a production of Verdi's MACBETH, conducted by Claudio Abbado. He has gone on to sing numerous rôles, 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, Méphistophélès in Gounod's FAUST, Orestes in Strauss' ELEKTRA, Fiesco in Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA, the title rôle of Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV, as well as many other rôles.
He has sung in the world's major opera houses. He débuted at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1980/81 season, and has performed at the Opéra de Paris (Bastille), the Salzburg Easter Festival and the regular Salzburg Festival, Teatro Colón 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. He is also widely in demand as a concert singer. On DVD, Furlanetto can be seen as the Grand Inquisitor 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 Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Grace Bumbry, Louis Quilico and Nicolai Ghiaurov. Furlanetto is featured in a DVD of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, playing the part of Leporello, under the baton of Herbert von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in the 1987 Salzburg Festival. Furthermore, Furlanetto plays the part of Sparafucile in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's 1982 production of RIGOLETTO (alongside Luciano Pavarotti).”
- Ned Ludd