Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto made his San Francisco Opera debut as Alvise Badoero (La Gioconda) in 1979 and returned as Ramfis (Aida), Don Diègue (Le Cid), and Raimondo (Lucia di Lamermoor). His recent engagements include Oroveso (Norma) at the Salzburg Festival; the title role of Don Quichotte in Palermo and Madrid; Philip II (Don Carlos), Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Méphistophélès (Faust), and de Silva (Ernani) at the Metropolitan Opera; de Silva in Bologna; Jacopo Fiesco with the Vienna State Opera; and the title role of Boris Godunov at Lyric Opera of Chicago and in Palermo. Recent career highlights include Philip II at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Jacopo Fiesco at La Scala, Madrid’s Teatro Real, the Vienna State Opera, and Convent Garden; and Padre Guardiano (La Forza del Destino), Mustafa (L’Italiana in Algieri), and Gremin (Eugene Onegin) with the Vienna State Opera. His recent DVD releases include two highly successful performances of Don Carlos from La Scala and Covent Garden. Furlanetto has garnered acclaim at all of the world’s opera houses, including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, the Met, and in Rome, Turin, Florence, Los Angeles, Bologna, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. An honorary ambassador to the United Nations, he holds the title of Kammersänger awarded by the Vienna State Opera.