Peter Furlong

Biography

“A magesterial tenor…” is how The New York Times’ chief classical music critic, Anthony Tommasini, described Peter Furlong’s voice. Peter 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 recent engagements include the roles of Lohengrin in Lohengrin, Adam in Der Vogelhändler and Max in Der Freischütz in Berlin, Cavaradossi in Tosca 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); and of Tony in The Servant by Marco Tutino at Teatro Rossini, Lugo (Italy), to critical acclaim.

Other notable engagements include his Czech and Hungarian debuts with the role of Tony in The Servant; 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; and Pinkerton in both the Brescia and Paris versions of Madama Butterfly in New York and Berlin.

Mr. Furlong is also very much in demand as a concert soloist for orchestra and for Liederabend concerts with appearances in Belgium, Italy (e.g. Macduff in Macbeth with the Orchestra Filharmonica Europea (Milano)), the USA (Three Tenors, Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde), and throughout Germany.

In 2017, Peter was featured on the critically acclaimed CD of Das Lied von der Erde (available on the Thorofon), which is a recording of Mahler’s own (and very rare) version for piano. Peter can also be found singing the role of Don Gomez in Weber’s Die Drei Pintos (completed by Mahler) which was recorded at Wexford Festival Opera and is available on Naxos CD.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work
Wagner Lohengrin Lohengrin
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
Wagner Parsifal Parsifal
Wagner Siegmund Die Walküre
Floyd Sam Polk Susannah
Leoncavallo Canio Pagliacci
Puccini Dick Johnson La fanciulla del West
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 CV

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

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