(Born 1963, North Carolina)
Elizabeth Futral is is an American coloratura soprano who is enjoying growing international recognition throughout the United States as well as in Europe, South America, and Japan.
She studied voice with Virginia Zeani at Indiana University then she spent two years as an apprentice with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
It was in Delibes Lakme that she first caught international attention in 1994 with the New York City Opera.
Elizabeth Futral won 2nd Prize in Plácido Domingo's Operalia International Opera Competition in 1995 and in 1996 she sang the role of Catherine in Meyerbeer's L'Etoile du Nord at the Wexford Festival.
In 1998 she was the original Stella in the world premiere of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire for the San Francisco Opera and in 2001, she debuted with the Los Angeles Opera as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare.
Since then her roles with other companies includes Sophie in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata and her debut with the Metropolitan Opera was as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
In 2003 at the Met she sang the role of Princess Eudoxie in the Met's production of Halévy’s La Juive.
She returned to the Met in 2006 to star opposite Plácido Domingo in the world premiere of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor then followed it with performances of I Puritani.
In 2009 she played Laura Jesson in another world premiere with Houston Grand Opera's production of André Previn's Brief Encounter with Nathan Gunn.
She already has an impressive discography - Six Characters in Search of an Author, L'étoile du Nord, A Streetcar Named Desire, Otello (of Rossini), Lucia di Lammermoor, Of Mice and Men, Zelmira, Orpheus & Euridice, as well as "Sweethearts"
Her husband is noted conductor and artistic director of Opera Roanoke, Steven White.