Ferruccio Furlanetto is an Italian bass-baritone. His professional debut was in 1979 at La Scala in Milan in a production of Verdi's Macbeth, conducted by Claudio Abbado. He has gone on to sing numerous roles, including both Don Giovanni and Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Philip II in Verdi's Don Carlos, Figaro in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Zaccaria in Verdi's Nabucco, Méphistophélès in Gounod's Faust, Orestes in Strauss' Elektra, Fiesco in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, the title role of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, and several other roles.
He has sung in the major opera houses. He debuted at the Metropolitan in the 1980-1981 season and has also performed at the Opéra de Paris (Bastille), the Salzburg Easter Festival and the regular Salzburg Festival, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Tel Aviv Opera.
He has also performed in concert. He sang in Mozart's Coronation Mass under Herbert von Karajan in a special performance in the presence of Pope John Paul II that was broadcast worldwide. He has also appeared often in recital at La Scala, the Berlin Deutsche Opera, the Gran Teatro de Liceu of Barcelona, the Vienna Musikverein, and many other venues.