American soprano Elizabeth Futral has established herself as one of the world's leading sopranos. With her stunning vocalism and vast dramatic range, she has embraced a repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to world premieres.

The 2014/2015 season finds Ms. Futral singing her first Mimi in La Bohème with Opera Birmingham, a double bill of Elle in Poulenc's La voix humane and Nedda in I Pagliacci with Opera Columbus, and Miss Hedgehog in Tobias Picker's The Fantastic Mr. Fox with Opera San Antonio. Concert performances include the gala opening of the Tobin Center in San Antonio, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the Roanoke Symphony, Strauss' Four Last Songs and Mahler 4 with the Charleston Symphony, Handel arias with Music of The Baroque, and Previn's Honey and Rue with the Pacific Symphony. She will also perform in recital at Louisiana State University and Washington & Lee University.

During the 2013/2014 season Ms. Futral created two world premiere roles: Vera in Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne with the San Francisco Opera, and Alice B. Toklas in Ricky Ian Gordon's 27 for the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music, and to the Houston Grand Opera as Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. She added Zdenka in Strauss' Arabella with the Minnesota Opera, and sang Lucia di Lammermoor with Portland Opera and toured Haydn’s Creation with Music of the Baroque.


Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | December 7, 2014

News and Press

[Concert Review] American Record Guide reviews Fantastic Mr. Fox

Boston's Jordan Hall was host to a concert version of Tobias Picker's 1998 setting of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox on December 7. A good-sized crowd from very young to older folks had assembled to hear Gil Rose lead his two ensembles, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera, in a costumed semi-staged performance of this "family opera". Picker prefers to use this term to describe his morality tale, fearing that "children's opera" is a term frightened with an assumption of "dumbing-down".

American Record Guide Full review
[Concert Review] Animals Cavort for Odyssey Opera

Youngsters arrived in droves for the Boston premiere of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox in Sunday afternoon’s Jordan Hall collaboration among the Boston Modern Opera Project, Odyssey Opera, and the Boston Children’s Chorus (Anthony Trecek-King, director). Albeit scrubbed of the assassination, murder, or suicide that characterizes the rest of the composer’s work in the genre, Fox is not an inevitable children’s opera.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer Full review
[Concert Review] BMOP, Odyssey Opera play for the kids at Jordan Hall

Neither the Boston Modern Orchestra Project nor Odyssey Opera is well known for its children’s programming, so it was a particular pleasure to see the dozens of pint-size opera-goers filing into Jordan Hall excitedly on Sunday afternoon. The occasion was Tobias Picker’s family opera, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” with a libretto by Donald Sturrock adapted from the story by Roald Dahl.

The Boston Globe Full review