BiographyFollowing his studies at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and at Western Illinois University, the tenor was employed by the Seattle Opera, the Virginia Opera, the Portland Opera and the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Furman was one of nine finalists at the International Wagner Singing Competition and was also honoured with the New York City Wagner Society Prize in the same year. His career in Europe began with his debut as Anatol in "Vanessa" at the Theater Hagen, which was followed by further debuts as the Mayor in "Friedenstag" and Apollo in "Daphne" with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of Zoltán Kocsis. In the 2015/16 season, Furman was engaged at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where he sang Dimitri in "Boris Godunov", Alvaro in "La forza del destino", Rodolfo in "La Bohème", Cavaradossi in "Tosca", Pollione in "Norma", Kaiser in "Die Frau ohne Schatten" and Siegmund in "Die Walküre", expanding his Wagner and Strauss repertoire in particular. He then worked mainly as a freelancer. The tenor made his debut at the Theater Magdeburg in 2017 as the Prince in "Rusalka" and returned there in autumn 2018 for roles as Siegmund and Anatol. After great success as Erik in "Der fliegende Holländer" at the 2018 Budapest Wagner Festival, a role as Boris in "Katja Kabanova" led him to the Scottish Opera in Glasglow. In the 19/20 season, Furman performed the tenor role in Mahler's 8th Symphony with the Orchestre National de Lille and appeared as Bacchus in "Ariadne auf Naxos" in Weimar and as Matteo in "Arabella" in Leipzig. He also appeared as Augustin Moser at the 2021 Bayreuther Festspiele and as Hoffmann in "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2022.
In the 22/23 season, Furman made his debut as Peter Grimes at the Theater Magdeburg and shortly afterwards also performed this role in productions at the Staatstheater Augsburg. Later that year, the tenor also toured the UK as Bacchus in "Ariadne auf Naxos" with Opera North.
Highlights of this season include the new production of "Die Walküre" at the Theater Basel conducted by Jonathan Nott and directed by Benedikt von Peter, his role as Florestan in "Fidelio" in Bari, as well as two semi-concert performances of "Die Walküre" conducted by Kent Nagano at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Kölner Philharmonie.
American heroic tenor joins BOMAt the beginning of the new year, we welcome Ric Furman, a new important Wagner voice from the USA, to our General Management team.
After great success in the USA, Ric Furman has also been pursuing a career in Europe since 2014. In the 2015/16 season, Furman was engaged at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where he expanded his Wagner and Strauss repertoire in particular. He then worked mainly as a freelancer.
In addition to Siegmund in the new production of Die Walküre at the Basel Theatre under the direction of Jonathan Nott and Benedikt von Peter the tenor has also appeared as Peter Grimes in productions in Magdeburg and Augsburg, as Florestan in Fidelio, as Bacchus in Weimar and in numerous other appearances in European theatres.
The highlight of this season will be two semi-concert performances of Die Walküre under the musicalk direction of Kent Nagano at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Kölner Philharmonie.
Die Walküre / Theater Basel / 18.09.2023 / onlinemerker.com
"Ric Furman as Sigmund is a real discovery"
Ariadne auf Naxos / Opera North / 20.02.2023 / theartsdesk.com
"Ric Furman is a tenor of the quality that Straus must have often longed for"
Ariadne auf Naxos / Opera North / 18.02.2023/ operatoday.com
"[Furman] sang with superb consistency"
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|The Pirates of Penzance
|Die lustige Witwe
|La Clemenza di TIto
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|Die Frau ohne Schatten
|La forza del destino
|Der Fliegende Holländer
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