Ric FURMAN  Tenor
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

American tenor Ric Furman, praised by the Frankfurter Allgemeine for his “brilliant vocal power” and by Seen and Heard International for his "mellifluous tone,” is currently one of the most exciting heldentenors in the operatic scene.

International engagements brought him lately as ERIK to the Budapest Wagner Days, as BÜRGERMEISTER in “Friedenstag” and APOLLO in “Daphne” to the Budapest Palace of Arts, as BORIS in “Katja Kabanova” to the Landestheater Innsbruck, as SIEGMUND in “Die Walküre” and ANATOL in “Vanessa” to the Magdeburg Theater, as BORIS in “Katja Kabanova” to the Scottish National Opera and as SIEGMUND in the version “Ring on one Night” to the Staatstheater Mainz.
In 2019/2020 he succeeded as BACCHUS in “Ariadne” at the Nationaltheater Weimar, as OSAKA in “Iris” in Glasgow and as MATTEO in “Arabella” at the Leipzig Opera. He also sang in an opera gala concert at the Bolshoi Theatre in Minsk.

In 2021 he sings SIEGMUND in “The Ring on one evening” at the Leipzig Opera and makes his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as AUGUSTIN MOSER in “Die Meistersinger”.
In 2021/2022 he portrays for the first time the title part in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” at the Komische Oper Berlin.

After taking his degree at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Western Illinois University, the artist had numerous engagements including romantic tenor roles in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Portland, Brooklyn, Springfield, Mo., Dayton, Indianapolis, Omaha, and in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.

Furman made his Heldentenor debut in 2012 as FLORESTAN at the Seattle Opera, being engaged again the season after for Stephen Wadsworth’s highly-regarded Ring Cycle, singing FROH and covering SIEGMUND. He earned praise by Opera News for his "sweet toned” interpretation of FROH.
His performance can be heard in the live recording of Seattle's “The Green Ring” by AVIE Records. Lately, Ric was finalist of the International Wagner singing Competition and won the first Prize of the New York City Wagner Society.

In 2014 the artist enlarged his heldentenor repertoire. He performed BACCHUS in „Ariadne auf Naxos“ at the Virginia Opera, NARRABOTH in „Salome“ at the Portland Opera and TRISTAN with excerpts from „Tristan und Isolde“ with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.

Furman made his successful European debut at Hagen Theater as ANATOL in “Vanessa”. Here, he also performed FLORESTAN. At the Staatstheater Wiesbaden he sang ERIK, PINKERTON, the EMPEROR in “Frau ohne Schatten”, SIEGMUND, POLLIONE or CAVARADOSSI, FLORESTAN at the Nationaltheater Weimar and the PRINCE in “Rusalka” at the Magdeburg Theater.

Great musician, the American tenor loves to take part in contemporary works. In addition to Barber’s Vanessa, Furman has appeared in Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking”, Golijov's “Ainadamar”​, Susa’s “The Dangerous Liaisons”, Stravinsky's “The Rake's Progress” and two world premieres: “Eve’s Odds” by Bruce Trinkley and “A Stranger's Tale” by Curtis Tucker.

 

 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Oper Leipzig – Arabella – MATTEO
"Ric Furman in the role of Matteo was a real gain for the performance. The clearly heroically disposed tenor doesn’t play a melancholic Matteo, but rather a man who has a sound amount of self-confidence. The obscure transactions in the 3rd act surely must drive anybody mad. One moment he thinks he has just experienced the night of his life with Arabella, the next moment she meets him with indifference and coldness. Many role interpreters fail to sing the awkwardly high tessitura of the part. Not so Ric Furman, who forms and savors them as if it were as if it was the most normal thing in the world."
Der neue Merker 03/2020 Christoph Suhr
Hungarian National Philharmonic - Daphe - APOLLO
"The handsome tenor portrayed a somewhat disturbingly teutonic Apollo, sung with a clear, strong voice. Impossible not to pay attention to him."
Papiruszportal
Seattle Opera - Fidelio - FLORESTAN
"Another big voice of beautiful timbre, he also had no difficulty with Florestan's voal part and his acting was the more convincing."
The Sun Break
"...with mellifluous tone... he demonstrated much more beguiling sense of dynamic shading, and he was thoroughly compelling in his evocation first of utter despair and eventually of exultant joy."
Seen and heard international
"...possessed of a powerful voice of exceptional quality. Uncommonly even throughout the range, his voice is also beautiful and expressive of warmth and humanity.  Indeed, his first note on Sunday made me sit up and take notice.  Despite his slim stature, he seemed to have stamina to spare.  With his perfect technique, the extremely demanding role of Florestan was well within his grasp."
SGN
Queen City Chamber Opera - Die Walküre - SIEGMUND
"Ric Furman sang Siegmund's narrative "Ein Schwert verhiess mir mein Vater" and the iconic ?Winterstürme" with galvanizing vocalism and intensity.  Good Wagnerian tenors are in a short supply and many of us will follow this singer's career with interest."
Seen and heard international
Theater Hagen - Vanessa - ANATOL
"The young, American Richar Furman (Anatol) with his radiant tenor voice, stand out right from the beginning."
Die deutsche Bühne
"The young, American Richar Furman (Anatol) with his radiant tenor voice, stand out right from the beginning."
Die deutsche Bühne
"The young American Heldentenor Richard Furman makes his European debut in Hagen with ?Vanessa".  He really has a remarkable voice: big with rich coloring, secure high notes, seductively soft and room filling metallic at the same time. "
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung
"The role of Anatol is played by Richard Furman - also making his German debut.  And a debut it sure is!  His fresh, assertive tenor voice ideally suits the young man, who is eager for life, sometimes completely ruthless with his dazzling charm, who takes whatever he wants."
NMZ Online
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden - Walküre - SIEGMUND
"Richard Furman presented Siegmund with bright, radiant tenoral tones, sometimes dark heroic,  and he convinced by his nuanced acting."
Der neue Merker
"Tenor Richard Furman too, makes a lasting impression as strong Siegmund marking his suitibility for Wagner roles."
Rhein Zeitung
 
 
 
ON STAGE
Budapest Wagner Days - Der Fliegende Holländer - ERIK
 
Theater Magdeburg - Rusalka - PRINZ
(Photo: Andreas Lander)
 
Seattle Opera - FIDELIO
 
Theater Hagen - FIDELIO
 
Theater Hagen - FIDELIO
 
Theater Hagen - Vanessa -ANATOL
 
Theater Hagen - Madama Butterfly - PINKERTON
 
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden - La forza del destino - ALVARO
(Photo: Lena Obst)