Peter Furlong

Biography

Equally at home in both contemporary and traditional repertoire, this tenor has been universally praised by the international press, with The New York Times writing ‘Peter’s strong singing and magisterial tenor (was the) strongest vocal showing of the night pumping out sound and effect’. He has appeared to plaudits on stages around the world including Berlin and Dortmund, Germany; Lugo, Brescia, and Milan, Italy; Wexford, Ireland; New York, NY; Denver, CO; and Santa Fe, NM.

His past engagements include the roles of Cavaradossi with Abilene Opera, Dicapo Opera, and Opera New England; Don Gomez in a concert performance of Die Drei Pintos with the internationally acclaimed Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) under the baton of the incomparable Maestro Lawrence Foster; and of Tony in The Servant by Marco Tutino at Teatro Rossini, Lugo (Italy), all to critical acclaim. Other notable engagements include his Czech and Hungarian debuts as Tony in The Servant; and his creation of the role of Salamone Mortara in the world premier of Il caso Mortara by Francesco Cilluffo, which caused a sensation in both Italy and New York.

Other roles Peter has performed include Macduff in Macbeth with the Orchestra Filharmonica Europea (Milan); B.F. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) in New York and in concert in Berlin, Germany; Camille in the New York premiere of Thèrése Raquin by Tobias Picker at Dicapo Opera Theatre; Daniel in the Scottish premier of Manifest Destiny by Keith Burstein at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Cavaradossi (Tosca) for National Touring Opera (USA); and Don Gomez (Die Drei Pintos) with Wexford Festival Opera. He made his European debut as Rodolfo (La Bohème) with Theater Dortmund in Germany.

Peter Furlong’s concert appearances include a Three Tenors concert at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic site in Cornish, NH, Liederabends of US Civil War songs and British Folksongs in Antwerp, Belgium and at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site; the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Littleton (CO) Symphony Orchestra for the remembrance of the Columbine H.S. victims; the demanding tenor solo in Carmina Burana for the Breckenridge Music Festival; and the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

After a year’s sabbatical transitioning to Heldentenor, Peter’s calendar began filling quickly. In March and April of 2015 he and his wife, soprano Julie Wyma, performed Lovers’ Quarrels, a concert of opera arias and duets at the Kulturhaus Niemegk in Berlin-Brandenburg and as a part of the Walker Lecture Fund Series at the Concord City Auditorium in Concord, NH. In June of 2015 Peter debuted as Max in Der Freischütz with the Brandenburgisches Konzertorchester Eberswalde at the Kloster Chorin near Berlin, Germany. Peter and Julie then returned to New Hampshire for a July 30th performance of their Three Tenors and a Soprano concert at the Summer Music Associates series in New London, NH.

Not content with all he is doing, Peter is in the process of recording a CD of arias from the many contemporary operas he has premiered and performed, to be released August 2017.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work
Beethoven Florestan Fidelio
Burstein Daniel Manifest Destiny (Scottish premiere)
Cilluffo Salomone Mortara Il caso Mortara (world premiere)
Picker Camille Thérèse Raquin (New York premiere)
Puccini B.F. Pinkerton Madama Butterfly
Puccini Cavaradossi Tosca
Tutino Tony The Servant
Verdi Macduff Macbeth
Weber Max Der Freischütz
Weber/Mahler Don Gomez Die Drei Pintos
ROLES PREPARED
Composer Role Work
Bizet Don José Carmen
Floyd Sam Polk Susannah
Leoncavallo Canio Pagliacci
Puccini Dick Johnson La fanciulla del West
Wagner Erik Der fliegende Holländer
Wagner Lohengrin Lohengrin
Wagner Stolzing Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Britten War Requiem
Handel The Messiah
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Verdi Messa da Requiem

Media

In The Press

Il caso Mortara (world premiere)

“The cast was strong, especially…the magisterial tenor Peter Furlong as the aggrieved, defiant father…” – New York Times

“Standouts in the cast are…Peter Furlong’s sturdy tenorial father…” – Classics Today

“…tenor Peter Furlong sing(s) anguished pleas for (his) abducted son…sometimes reaching up to the top of (his) range” – Q onstage

Thérèse Raquin

“Peter Furlong, as Camille, made the strongest vocal showing of the night pump(ing) out sound and effect.” – The New York Times

“Lyrically indulging, tenor Peter Furlong becomes an avenging spirit, leveling charges in a high, dramatic aria.” – Q onstage

“Peter Furlong’s sweet-toned tenor gave the wronged husband, Camille, a plaintive appeal.” – The New York Post

Manifest Destiny

“Adding strong support (was) Peter Furlong’s Daniel” – The Stage

“Full marks to the talented cast of four” – Evening Standard

Die Drei Pintos

“An elegant tenor, Peter Furlong, a new name to me, but one that is surely destined to be a major box office draw.” – David’s Review Corner, NAXOS.COM

“A strong performance from American tenor Peter Furlong as Don Gomez.” – Opera News

“Peter Furlong as Don Gomez (was) nicely sung with a warm blend.” – Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Tosca

“Tenor Peter Gage Furlong authoritatively delivered his lament “E lucevan le stelle”.” – Worcester Telegram

“Tenor Peter Gage Furlong was especially appreciated as Cavaradossi” – Cape Cod Times

“Best performance by a leading male” – OperaOnline

“Mr. Furlong’s Cavaradossi was without any immediate comparison. It was brilliant in every way.”

“Peter Furlong’s Cavaradossi was full and rich and strong. His voice filled the hall; his stage presence was impressive and his acting was never stiff or forced.” – OperaOnline

The Servant

“Interpreti tutti all’altezza del compito assegnato: Peter Gage Furlong ed Alexey Bogdanchikov costruivano un serratissimo, affascinante ‘pas de deux’ padrone/servitore, con sfoggio di rapida vocalità e grande abilità attoriale. (The cast all gave high level performances…Peter Gage Furlong and Alexey Bogdanchikov created a tight, charming “pas de deux” master/servant, with rapid display of vocal skill and great acting ability).” – Teatro.org

Madama Butterfly

“Furlong was incredibly charismatic as the reckless Pinkerton, whose villainy was almost immediately revealed. And yet, in the hands of this talented tenor, his character gained sympathy. Possessive of powerful vocals, as well as considerable acting finesse, his character’s presence on stage was missed by the spectators nearly as much as by Butterfly.” – ReviewFix.com

“Peter…brought the best of what opera is meant to be: fine singing, beautiful melodies, and clear dramatic motivation…that exploded from time to time into great beauty.” – Cape Cod Times

“The tenor for the evening, Peter Furlong, who played the callous, self-righteous racist Lt. Pinkerton, had all the command of voice for his role.” – Worcester Telegram and Gazette

Links & Downloads

Resume: Peter Furlong Headshot and resume

Upcoming Album: Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde – Available on August 4th, 2017

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