Ric Furman

"The American singer brings a fresh, well-conducted tenor with bright timbre into the part. A positive aspect is that his Wälse-shouts are by no means exaggerated or elongated. In the end, he convinces in the death proclamation scene, when he finds clear vocal power, but full of lyric-precise voice leading and a brilliantly blooming top form."

Ric Furman graduated at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and at the Western Illinois University. In 2012, he made his succesful debut as Florestan at the Seattle Opera and returned there in 2013 as Froh and Siegmund cover. Further engagements led him as Bacchus to the Virginia Opera, as Naraboth to the Portland Opera and as Tristan to the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. He was a finalist at the International Singing Competition in Seattle and ward winner of the New York City Wagner Society.

His career in Europe started with his highly acclaimed debut as Anatol in 'Vanessa' at the Theater Hagen, followed by his debuts as Bürgermeister (Friedenstag) and Apollo (Daphne) with Hungarian National Philharmonic under the baton of M° Zoltán Kocsis.

Since season 2015-16 the American tenor is engaged at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where he is singing amongst others Pinkerton, Erik, Dimitri (Boris Godunov), Alvaro (La forza del destino), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Cavaradossi, Pollione (Norma), Kaiser (Die Frau ohne Schatten) und Siegmund. In 2017, he made his acclaimed debut as Prince in 'Rusalka' at the Theater Magdeburg where he returned to as Siegmund in autumn 2018 and as Anatol in 2019. Furthermore, he was singing Erik at the Budapest Wagner Days 2018 and he performed Boris (Katja Kabanova) at the Scottish Opera in Glasgow. In the 2019/20 season, he sang the demanding tenor part of Mahler’s 8th with the Orchestre National de Lille and can be heard as Bacchus (‘Ariadne auf Naxos’) in Weimar, as Matteo in ‘Arabella’ in Leipzig and as Augustin Moser at the Bayreuth Festival 2020.

Although Furman is singing some of the most demanding dramatic and heldentenor roles in the opera canon, he also enjoys performing new, contemporary works. In addition to Barber’s Vanessa, Furman has had success 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.

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