Ferruccio Furlanetto’s amazing international career began as King Philip II in Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Salzburg Easter Festival with Herbert von Karajan in 1986. In the same year he debuted at the Salzburg Summer Festival with the role of Figaro. His debuts on the leading opera stages happened earlier: Teatro alla Scala (1979), Metropolitan Opera (1980), Vienna State Opera (1985).
He has collaborated with all leading orchestras and 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, Alain Altinoglu, Riccardo Chailly and many others.
He made numerous recordings and many of his performances are also broadcasted internationally.
He is invited at La Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Opera National de Paris and the New York Metropolitan Opera as well in Rome, Turin, Florence, Bologna, Palermo, Arena di Verona, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, San Diego, Teatro Real Madrid, the San Diego Opera, the Canadian Opera in Toronto, Lyric Opera Chicago, Musikverein Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokio and Moscow. At the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, he was the first Italian bass to appear in the title role of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and as Prince Gremin in Eugene Oneguine. He also performed the role on the stage of Bolshoi Theatre with great critical and public acclaim last season, becoming the only Western artist singing Boris Godunov on both historical main stages of Russia.
On the recital stage Ferruccio Furlanetto was first performing Liederabende programs (Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky songs) with Alexis Weissenberg, later he did them, as well as Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Igor Tchetuev, notably in Geneva’s Grand Theatre Berlin’s Philharmonie La Scala, Moscow Conservatory Hall and Carintischer Sommer Festival, Paris Opera, Berliner Philharmonie, Wiener Staatsoper, St. Petersbourg, Scala, etc. Today he is presenting a 45 jubilaeum programfeaturing all his career with Natalia Sidorenko, pianist, notably at the White Nights in St. Petersbourg, at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the Hungarian State Opera.
In the seasons to come he is appearing again also in many productions, at the Met, at The Australian Opera Sydney and Melbourne, la Scala (L’Amore dei tre Re by Montemezzi) the Vienna State Opera (Macbeth, Eugene Onegin), the Royal Opera Covent Garden (Simon Boccanegra, La Forza del Destino, Don Carlos) the Baden Baden Festival (Simon Boccanegra) , St Petersbourg , La Coruna, Staatsoper Berlin and San Francisco, (Cosi fan tutte) etc.
Ferruccio Furlanetto received many awards, is Honorary Ambassador to the United Nations, received the Verdi Knight medal and is Kammersänger and Honorary Member of the Vienna State Opera.