(Johnston County, North Carolina)
2015–16 Season: Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd
Since her San Francisco Opera debut creating the role of Stella Kowalski in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire in 1998, American soprano Elizabeth Futral’s other Company successes include the title role of La Traviata (2009) and originating the role of Vera Donovan in Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne (2013). Recent career highlights include creating the role of Alice B. Toklas in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 at Opera Theatre of St. Louis; 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; Zdenka (Arabella) at Minnesota Opera; Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) with Washington National Opera; the title role of Thaïs in Athens and Santiago, Chile; and the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at Portland Opera. No stranger to contemporary opera, she created the role of Laura Jesson in Previn’s 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. 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’Étoile 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). Upcoming engagements include the title role of The Merry Widow at Lyric Opera of Chicago and creating the role of Hester Prynne in the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter with Opera Colorado.