Ric Furman to Sing Florestan in Fidelio at Seattle Opera One Performance Only: Sunday, October 14

Seattle—American tenor Ric Furman will sing the role of Florestan in Seattle Opera’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the matinee performance on Sunday, October 14, 2012, replacing the originally announced singer, Clifton Forbis.
“Florestan is one of the most taxing roles ever written for tenor,” says Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera. “Ric Furman, originally hired to cover Clifton Forbis, has proven himself up to the challenge, so I have asked him to sing the role at our matinee performance this Sunday.”
Recent roles for Furman include Don José in Carmen (Springfield Regional Opera), Tito in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (Opera Company of Brooklyn), and Camille in The Merry Widow (Muddy River Opera). A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Western Illinois University, Furman is a former young artist with Cincinnati Opera and Opera Omaha.
He sang his first Wagner role in 2010, as Augustin Moser in Cincinnati Opera’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and last year sang a concert of music from Wagner’s Ring with Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
Furman will sing this Sunday opposite soprano Marcy Stonikas, a former Seattle Opera Young Artist who this summer stunned audiences as Princess Turandot.
Fidelio also features Greer Grimsley, Arthur Woodley, Anya Matanovič, and John Tessier.
The performance is conducted by Seattle Opera Principal Guest Conductor Asher Fisch and directed by three-time Artist of the Year Award Winner Chris Alexander.

Fidelio Production Sponsor: Ann P. Wyckoff
2012/13 Season Sponsor: Gladys Rubinstein, in memory of Sam Rubinstein

Fidelio premieres Saturday, October 13, and runs through Saturday, October 27.
Tickets are available online at seattleopera.org or by calling 206.389.7676 or 800.426.1619.
Tickets may also be purchased at the Box Office by visiting 1020 John Street (two blocks west of Fairview), Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $25.

Further information on the 2012/13 season and full biographies of the cast members can be found at seattleopera.org.

Press Contacts:
Jonathan Dean
206.676.5543
jonathan.dean@seattleopera.org

Tamara Vallejos
206.676.5559
tamara.vallejos@seattleopera.org

Visuals Contact:
Monte Jacobson
206.676.5545
monte.jacobson@seattleopera.org

Fidelio

Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto by Joseph von Sonnleithner, with revisions by Stephan Von Breuning and Georg Friedrich Trietschke
In German with English captions
Revised Version Premiere: Kärtnertor Theater, Vienna, Austria, May 23, 1814
Previous Seattle Opera Performances: 1968, 1980, 1991, 2003

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
6 Performances: October 13, 14 (matinee), 17, 20, 24, and 27, 2012
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission
Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm, matinee at 2:00 pm

Groups save 15%: 206.676.5588
Seattle Opera Ticket Office: 206.389.7676/800.426.1619
Online orders: seattleopera.org

Artists

Leonore: Christiane Libor † / Marcy Stonikas *
Florestan: Clifton Forbis / Ric Furman *
Rocco: Arthur Woodley
Don Pizarro: Greer Grimsley
Marzelline: Anya Matanovič
Jaquino: John Tessier
Don Fernando: Kevin Short

Conductor: Asher Fisch
Stage Director: Chris Alexander
Set Designer: Robert Dahlstrom
Costume Designer: Catherine Meacham Hunt
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler

Sets & Costumes: Seattle Opera

† Seattle Opera debut
* October 14 only

Anya Matanovič and Marcy Stonikas are former Seattle Opera Young Artists.

Fidelio Production Sponsor: Ann P. Wyckoff
Christiane Libor’s performances are sponsored by The James and Sherry Raisbeck Lead Singers Fund
2012/13 Season Sponsor: Gladys Rubinstein, in memory of Sam Rubinstein

Learn more about Fidelio!

Seattle Opera offers the following educational opportunities:

Pre-Performance Talks:
An hour and a half before every performance, in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall, $7

Free Public Preview:

10/20/2012, 2:15pm, Sylvan Way Library

About Seattle Opera

Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera is one of the leading opera companies in the United States.
The company is recognized internationally for its theatrically compelling and musically accomplished performances, especially the Opera’s interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner.
Since 1975, Seattle Opera has presented 38 cycles of the Ring (three different productions), in addition to acclaimed productions of all the other major operas in the Wagner canon. Seattle Opera has achieved the highest per capita attendance of any major opera company in the United States, and draws operagoers from four continents and 50 states.

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