Furlanetto, Femiccio, Italian bass; b. Pordenone, Sicily, May 16, 1949. He was a student of Campogaliahi and Casagrande. After making his operatic debut as Sparafucile in Vicenza in 1974, he held engagements in Turin, Trieste, Bologna, Venice, Parma, and Aix-en-Provence. In 1978 he made his U.S. debut as Zaccaria with the New Orleans Opera. He first appeared at the San Francisco Opera as Alvise in 1979. On Feb. 26, 1980, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as the Grand Inquisitor. He also appeared at the Glynde-bourne Festival (1980), the San Diego Opera (1985), the Paris Opera (1985), the Salzburg Festival (1986), the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, London (1988), the Rome Opera (1998), and the Seville Opera (1999). In addition to such Mozart roles as Figaro, Don Alfonso, Leporello, and Don Giovanni, he has sung in many operas by Rossini and Verdi.
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