2018–19 Season: Vodník (Water Gnome) in Rusalka
Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto made his San Francisco Opera debut as Alvise Badoero (La Gioconda) in 1979 and has returned as Ramfis (Aida), Don Diègue (Le Cid), Raimondo (Lucia di Lamermoor), the title role of Attila, and, in 2016, as Philip II in Don Carlo. He has collaborated with leading orchestras and conductors, such as Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini, Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Barenboim, Georges Prêtre, James Levine, Semyon Bychkov, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Jurowski, Tugan Sokhiev, and many others. Furlanetto has made numerous recordings, and many of his performances have been broadcast internationally. He has performed at La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as in Rome, Turin, Florence, Bologna, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, San Diego, Teatro Real Madrid, the San Diego Opera, the Canadian Opera in Toronto, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Moscow. On the recital stage Ferruccio Furlanetto has performed Liederabende programs (Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky songs and Schubert’s Winterreise) with his regular pianist Igor Tchetuev in Geneva’s Grand Theatre, Berlin’s Philharmonie, La Scala, Moscow Conservatory Hall and Carintischer Sommer Festival, Paris Opéra, and Vienna State Opera, among other theaters. An honorary ambassador to the United Nations, he holds the title of Kammersänger, awarded by the Vienna State Opera.