ELIZABETH FUTRAL is one of the world’s leading sopranos, embracing a repertoire that ranges from Baroque to world premieres, including the leading role of Stella in Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. She has notable relationships with the Washington, Houston, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, New York City, Vancouver, and Minnesota opera companies. Internationally, she has been heard at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Theater an der Wien, the Grand Theatre de Genève, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Hamburg Staatsoper. She also has been featured as a soloist with the great symphony orchestras of the world.
In demand for contemporary repertoire, Futral has sung the world premieres of Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne at the San Francisco Opera, Andre Previn’s Brief Encounter at the Houston Grand Opera, Philip Glass’ Orphée for the American Repertory Theatre, Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice for Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Dominic Argento’s Evensong: Of Love and Angels at the National Cathedral, and Stephen Paulus’ Three Poems of Dylan Thomas with the Tuscon Symphony. Other notable performances include concerts and recording of Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osma Vänskä, Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall, and Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men at the Houston Grand Opera.
Futral’s most recent recording release is Gordon’s 27 with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis on Albany Records. Other operatic recordings include Previn’s Brief Encounter and A Streetcar Named Desire as well as Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges for Deutsche Grammophon, Rossini’s Otello and Zelmira, Pacini’s Carlo di Borgogna for Opera Rara, Lucia di Lammermoor for Chandos as part of their “Opera in English” series, Of Mice and Men on Albany Records, Six Characters in Search of An Authoron New World Records, and Philip Glass’ chamber opera Hydrogen Jukebox for Euphorbia Records. Additional recordings include a solo aria recital for Chandos’ “Opera in English” series; Mozart The Supreme Decorator, a collection of arias by Mozart and CPE Bach on Opera Rara; Sweethearts, a collection of operetta favorites on Newport Classics; Solo Bach Cantatas with the Washington Bach Consort for Lyrichord Discs; Argento’s Evensong with the Cathedral Choral Society for Gothic Records; Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn on BIS records; and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice.
Her success and acclaim as a great singing actress has been echoed already in her teaching career, as she has now begun to guide young singers through her teaching position at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.