Ric FURMAN  Tenor
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

American tenor Ric Furman, praised by the Frankfurter Allgemeine for his "luminous vocal power" and by Seen and Heard International for a "mellifluous tone," is currently one of opera's most exciting and critically-acclaimed young heldentenors.
He has just had a major success as ERIK next to Elisabet Strid at the prestigious Budapest Wagner Days.

After taking his degree at the The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Western Illinois University, Furman's early career included playing romantic tenor leads across the U.S. including Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Portland, Brooklyn, Springfield, Mo., Dayton, Indianapolis, Omaha, and in New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall.

Furman made his Helden 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. Furman earned praise by Opera News for his "sweet toned" FROH and in the Pacific Aisle for his "clarion voice."  His performance can be heard in the live recording of Seattle's "The Green Ring" by AVIE Records. Furman went on in 2014 to further his Helden repertoire performing BACCHUS in Virginia Opera's Ariadne auf Naxos, NARABOTH in Portland Opera's Salome, and excerpts from Tristan und Isolde as TRISTAN with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.

Finalist of the International Wagner competition and first Prize by the New York City Wagner Society, Furman made a successful European debut at Theatre Haben as ANATOL in Barber's "Vanessa" (2015). Immediately followed contracts in various European Opera Houses: BÜRGERMEISTER and APOLLO in Friedenstag and in Daphne at the Hungarian National Philharmonic or ERIC at the Opera House Wiesbaden.

Since then, Furman has been a regular guest of these and other European stages, singing FLORESTAN (Hagen and Weimar), PINKERTON (Hessiches Staatstheater, Hagen, Opernhaus Wuppertal), ERIC, DIMITRI in Boris Godunov, ALVARO in Forza del Destino, KAISER in Frau Ohne Schatten, SIEGMUND in Walküre, RODOLFO, POLLIONE or CARAVADOSSI (Hessisches Staatstheater) or Rusalka's PRINZ (Statstheater Magdeburg)

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.

Upcoming engagements include Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer with the Hessische Staatstheater, followed by Siegmund in Die Walküre and Anatol in Vanessa (Staatstheater Magdeburg), and Boris in Katja Kabanova (Scottish National Opera).

 

 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
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)