Elizabeth Futral

Biography

Born: North Carolina  
Soprano Elizabeth Futral was raised in North Carolina and Louisiana, where she heard everything from classical music to gospel and bluegrass as a young woman. Her father was a minister, and her vocal talents were first developed in a church choir. Futral attended Samford University and then studied voice at Indiana University's graduate program, where she worked with Virginia Zeani. She has most frequently appeared with the Lyric Opera of Read more Chicago, performing roles in L'elisir d'amore, Le nozze di Figaro, and Handel's Partenope there. Her debuts at the New York City Opera in Lakmé and at the Met in Lucia di Lammermoor were critically praised, and since then she has been acclaimed for her unusual versatility, with performances and recordings of works ranging from Baroque opera to new music by Philip Glass and André Previn, in whose adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire she originated the role of Stella. In 2003 Futral was featured on the Great Operatic Arias disc released as part of the Chandos label's Opera in English series, having already appeared on the recording of Lucia of Lammermoor in the same series. Futral has also recorded for the Opera Rara label. Read less


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