American soprano Elizabeth Futral's recent and upcoming engagements include creating the roles of Vera Donovan in Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne with San Francisco Opera and Alice B. Toklas in Ricky Ian Gordon's 27 for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Zdenka in Strauss's Arabella with Minnesota Opera; Lucia di Lammermoor with Portland Opera; the Baroness Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music at Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music with Houston Grand Opera. She last appeared with Music of the Baroque in April 2014.
Operatic highlights include appearances with Glimmerglass Opera, the Lincoln Center Festival, a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Princess Eudoxie in a new production of La Juive, Princess Yeuyang in the world premiere of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor, Elvira in I Puritani, and performances of Lucia. With the Lyric Opera of Chicago she has sung a vast range of roles including Cunegonde in Candide, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Handel’s Partenope, La traviata, and The Merry Widow. 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 Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Theater an der Wien, the Grand Theatre de Genève, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Hamburg Staatsoper.
On the concert stage, Elizabeth Futral made her debut with the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 under Zubin Mehta and returned for Handel’s Messiah (Sir Neville Marriner) and Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio (Sir Colin Davis). Other highlights include Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini with the London Symphony, To Be Certain of the Dawn with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Brahms Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony, arias and duets with Placido Domingo and the Chicago Symphony, and a New Year’s Eve Gala with the Berlin Philharmonic.
Elizabeth Futral’s extensive discography includes her most recent release, Colors of Feeling—Music of Philip Lasser, which followed Previn’s Brief Encounter on Deutsche Grammophon. Operatic recordings include A Streetcar Named Desire and 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 Author on New World Records, and Philip Glass's chamber opera Hydrogen Jukebox for Euphorbia Records. Additional recordings include a solo aria recital for Chandos’s “Opera in English” series, 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’s To Be Certain of the Dawn on BIS records, and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice. DVD releases include Tan Dun’s The First Emperor on EMI and A Streetcar Named Desire on Image Entertainment.