Elizabeth Futral

sp11-WEB-elizabeth-futral-annex-150Elizabeth Futral has established herself as one of the major coloratura sopranos singing in the world today. Futral, born in Smithfield, NC and raised in Louisiana, earned a degree in music performance from Samford University. After studying with Virginia Zeani at Indiana University, she spent two years as an apprentice with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Futral first came to musical fame in the 1994 New York City Opera production of Delibes’ Lakmé.

Futral debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor, and her future engagements include Violetta with Lyric Opera Baltimore, the Émilie suite at Carnegie Hall with Avanti Chamber Orchestra from Finland, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte with Washington National Opera, and a return to Music of the Baroque for Handel’s L’Allegro.

Futral and her husband, noted conductor and artistic director of Opera Roanoke Steven White, live in Franklin County, Virginia, near Roanoke.