Ferruccio Furlanetto bariton
Furlanetto originally studied classical philology and natural science. He switched to singing at the age of 22, studying with Ettore Campogalliani, and made his professional debut in 1974. He made his debut at La Scala, Milan, in 1979 singing Banquo (Macbeth). In addition to the present Mozart roles, his repertory includes Philip II (Don Carlo), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) and the title roles of Attila, Boris Godunov and Don Quichotte. He sings regularly for such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opéra, Bolshoi Theatre and Mariinsky Theatre.
Mariss Jansons was chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam from 2004 to 2015. Jansons studied violin and conducting in St. Petersburg, and continued his studies with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. In 1973, Mariss Jansons was appointed Yevgeny Mravinsky’s assistant with the St. Petersburg orchestra, which Jansons’s father Arvid had also conducted. From 1979 to 2000, he served as music director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing it great international acclaim. Jansons has made numerous appearances throughout the world as a guest conductor of the Berlin, the Vienna and the London Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the leading orchestras in the United States. He was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2004 and has been music director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2003.