Elizabeth Futral made her 1998 San Francisco Opera debut originating the role of Stella Kowalski in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire and returned in 2009 in the title role of La Traviata. Recent career highlights include the title role of Saariaho’s Émilie at the Lincoln Center and Spoleto USA Festivals; Violetta at Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and San Diego Opera; the title role of The Merry Widow with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) with Washington National Opera; and the title role of Thaïs in Athens and Santiago, Chile. She created the role of Laura Jesson in Previn’s A Brief Encounter at Houston Grand Opera in 2009, and in 2006 she originated the role of Princess Yueyang in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at the Metropolitan Opera. The North Carolina native’s other notable engagements include the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, Elvira (I Puritani), and Princess Eudoxie (Halévy’s La Juive) at the Metropolitan Opera; Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Gilda (Rigoletto) at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu; Thaïs at English National Opera; Violetta and the title role of Handel’s Partenope at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Gilda at La Monnaie in Brussels; Nannetta (Falstaff) and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) in Munich; and the title roles of Semele, Daphne, and The Ballad of Baby Doe at New York City Opera. Futral’s extensive discography includes Meyerbeer’s L’Etoile du Nord (Marco Polo); A Streetcar Named Desire and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (DG); Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox (Euphorbia); Rossini’s Otello and Zelmira as well as Pacini’s Carlo di Borgogna (Opera Rara); Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice (Ghostlight); also Lucia di Lammermoor and a solo recital recording entitled Great Opera Arias (Chandos).