A vibrant and powerful tenor voice in combination with an electrifying stage presence has earned Ric Furmana solid standing as one of the world’s emerging dramatic tenors. He made his Seattle Opera debut singing the role of Florestan FIDELIO where he earned international acclaim “with a mellifluous tone … he demonstrated a 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). He was invited back to Seattle Opera for the DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, earning praise for his “sweet toned” (Opera News) and “clarion-voiced” (Pacific Aisle) Froh. Upcoming engagements include Bacchus ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for Nationaltheater Weimar, Augustin Moser DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG for the Bayreuth Festival, Boris KAT’A KABANOVA for Landestheater Innsbruck, the title-role LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Komische Oper Berlin and the title-role PETER GRIMES for Theater Magdeburg.
Additional credits include Narraboth SALOME with Portland Opera, Bacchus ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for Virginia Opera, Augustin Moser DIE MEISTERSINGER VON Nürnberg with Cincinnati Opera, Tristan TRISTAN UND ISOLDE for the Wagner Society of Cincinnati and Anatol VANESSA and Siegmund DIE WALKUERE for Theater Magdeburg.
He made his German debut as Anatol VANESSA at Theater Hagen returning there for performances of Pinkerton MADAMA BUTTERFLY and Florestan FIDELIO. Mr. Furman is also an ensemble member of Staatstheater Wiesbaden where his roles include Pinkerton MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Rodolfo LA BOHEME, Erik DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Don Carlo LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Kaiser DER FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN, Pollione NORMA, Cavaradossi TOSCA, Walther von Stolzing DIE MEISTERSINGER VON Nürnberg, Grigori BORIS GODUNOV and Siegmund and Siegfried DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN.
Other recent guest engagements include Boris KAT’A KABANOVA for Scottish Opera and Theater Magdeburg, Osaka IRIS for Scottish Opera, Buergermeister FRIEDENSTAG and Apollo DAPHNE at the Palace of Fine Arts in Budapest, Prince RUSALKA for Theater Magdeburg, Erik DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER and Apollo DAPHNE for the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra and Florestan FIDELIO for the Deutsches Nationaltheater & Staatskapelle Weimar. On the concert platform Mr. Furman has performed excerpts from both Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, PARSIFAL and DIE WALKÜRE and has made appearances at Carnegie Hall and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.