Ferruccio Furlanetto has always considered Cesare Siepi as his idol and mentor: upon learning of Siepi's passing, Mr. Furlanetto shared his admiration for the late singer with Opera Chic:
"Cesare Siepi has been the greatest inspiration of my career, not only when I was at the beginning but throughout my 36 years so far, and it will be for the rest of my time.
He will be the most luminous model to follow for the future generations of basses and singers in general, from the vocal point of view and as a singing actor.
He had a splendid long life and a wonderful family. This is life, but it is always terribly sad to say goodbye to such a human being and artist".