V2471. FERRUCCIO FURLANETTO, w.Halász, Sutej, Gatti & Sokhiev Cond. Vienna Staatsoper Orch.: Arias & Scenes from DON CARLOS & BORIS GODUNOV. (Germany) Orfeo C 887 141, Live Performances, 1997-2012. - 4011790887128
“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
"In the world of opera there are certain roles for every type of voice that can crown a singer's stage career. For the basso profondo, these are clearly - and suitably - the majestic roles of King Philip II in Verdi's DON CARLOS and Tsar Boris Godunov in Mussorgsky's opera of the same name. Those who have sung these two roles on the great stages of the world are a handpicked group, and among their number is the Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto. For almost 30 years he has been a regular guest at the Vienna State Opera performing in Mussorgsky's KHOVANSHCHINA on its opening night and singing the role of Fiesco in Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA. The above-mentioned rulers in the operas by these two composers - Boris Godunov and Philip II - are on the programme of Furlanetto's new portrait CD in the series 'Vienna State Opera Live'. Ferruccio Furlanetto has performed both roles several times at the Vienna State Opera. As a master of vocal characterisation and psychological nuance, Furlanetto particularly understands how to give expression to the loneliness of both men - such as here in excerpts from DON CARLOS in 1997 and 2001 (conducted by Michael Halasz and Vjekoslav Sutej) in the duet of the King with Posa (here sung by Carlos Alvarez), in the famous aria 'Ella giammai m'amo', and in the ensuing confrontations with the Grand Inquisitor (Eric Halfvarson) and Elisabeth, his supposedly unfaithful queen (Miriam Gauci).
Furlanetto also impresses and moves us as Boris Godunov, both in the Kremlin scene in the second version of Mussorgsky's opera, here in a production from 2007 under the baton of Daniele Gatti, and also in the death scene of the original version, sung under Tugan Sokhiev in 2012. As in his Verdi interpretations, Ferruccio Furlanetto demonstrates a keen sensitivity to the shape and phrasing of the music in the Russian idiom. He is a bass who, according to the demands of the drama, can offer the darkest of tone colours and vocal shadings, and yet rise above the human abysses of his characters to maintain the beauty of the musical line throughout.”
- Ned Ludd
“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