February’s Artist of the Month programme at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre brought the public three chances to see bass singer Ferruccio Furlanetto. He performed chamber works by Rachmaninoff and Musorgsky and the solo role in Verdi’s Requiem, but the highlight of his St Petersburg tour was Massenet’s opera Don Quichotte, in which the acclaimed singer appeared alongside an ensemble of soloists from the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers who performed with dazzle and йlan. On this occasion the audience was presented with a concert performance. There is, however, every hope that a stage version of Don Quichotte will be staged during the Stars of the White Nights festival. Furlanetto not only doesn’t hide his particular passion for the knight from la Mancha – he positively declares his enthusiasm for it.