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Ferruccio Furlanetto and Igor Tchetuev

Ferruccio Furlanetto and Igor Tchetuev

Russian songs of fate, love and death at the Staatsoper: Ferruccio Furlanetto and Igor Tchetuev

Fer­ruc­cio Furlan­et­to, dressed in black, stands in the curve of the piano behind him, sil­hou­et­ted again a blood red, vel­vet cur­tain. He rais­es his head at the open­ing piano tones and begins to sing. The audi­ence is imme­di­ate­ly enveloped in the kind of warm bass voice that seems to wrap itself around you like the per­fect eider­down; not too heavy and not too light, well posi­tioned and unstrained. Furlan­et­to is a true Ital­ianate bass in the best sense of the word and belongs to an excep­tion­al class of singers, the kind of which is becom­ing increas­ing­ly dif­fi­cult to find.

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