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Ferruccio Furlanetto and Don Quichotte — A profound connection.

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

Ferruccio Furlanetto. Photo by Igor Sakharov

It’s simply impossible for an opera company to present Massenet’s Don Quichotte without an artist who possesses the requisite gravitas, charisma and noble vocalism necessary to master the title role’s considerable musical and histrionic demands. In Ferruccio Furlanetto, who makes his greatly anticipated COC debut in the title role, the COC not only has the world’s leading Don Quichotte but a singer whose legendary 40-year career has established him as one of the greatest singing actors of his generation. His vocal pedigree is impeccable – his rich, velvety, espresso-hued timbre marks him as the natural successor to his idol, the great Italian bass, Cesare Siepi, one of the finest singers of the post-war period. As Furlanetto notes, “For me, [Siepi] had the most beautiful voice there has ever been, the most Latin, the most beautiful colour, so I wanted to follow the same path as him. He was an extraordinary Figaro, the best Giovanni, so I worked and worked in preparation for these roles.”


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Don Quichotte: A love letter to literature

By Claire Morley, Associate Manager, Editorial

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Mastering Massenet: Ferruccio Furlanetto Leads an Incomparable Cast

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001