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"A little Night Music" with Houston Grand Opera

“A little Night Music” with Houston Grand Opera

The Houston Chronicle

March 11, 2018

“Elizabeth Futral, who memorably starred in HGO’s world premiere of Andre Previn‘s ‘Brief Encounter‘, brings the requisite charm, glamor and awareness to Desiree. She scores a total triumph with her signature moment, delivering a wounded, rueful, exquisitely phrased rendition of ‘Send in the Clowns’, as affectingly acted as it is sung.”

Richard Strauss‘ Four Last Songs with Charleston Symphony Orchestra

CSO, Elizabeth Futral dig into late Romantic repertoire

by Adam Parker The Post and Courier

November 21, 2014

“She has a soaring voice that can be lyrical and Wagnerian at the same time and a fine musical sensibility that helps her communicate intense emotion… Her rendering was profoundly satisfying… Futral, with the full force of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra behind her Thursday night, demonstrated both the flare of youth and the shaded awareness of mortality.”

Barber and Mahler with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

RSO masterfully opens Masterworks season

by Timothy Gaylard The Roanoke Times

October 5, 2014

“Barber’s evocative ‘Knoxville: Summer of 1915,’ for soprano and orchestra, closed off the first half of the program. Futral brought to this work her considerable dramatic gifts as an opera singer… Riley and Futral were effectively collaborative and communicative with their interpretation, so much so that, at the end of the piece, there was a magical moment of breathless silence before the audience applauded… The soprano effectively conveyed the meaning of every phrase both with her excellent declamation of text, her facial gestures and vast range of vocal dynamics.”

New York Philharmonic Contact! Series

Shimmer and Clatter and Howls and Grunts

by Steve Smith The New York Times

December 26, 2012

“In effect, to borrow Mae West’s old twist on Longfellow, when Ms. Futral was good, she was very good — but when she was bad, she was better.”

Sariaaho "Émilie" U.S. premiere, Spoleto Festival USA

A Mistress of Voltaire, Set to Video

by James R. Oestreich The New York Times

June 5, 2011

“The work’s lone role, written for Ms. Saariaho’s Finnish compatriot Karita Mattila, is a tour de force for soprano, some 75 minutes of almost continuous vocalization: speech, elevated speech and soaring melodic arcs, some with electronic voice processing to produce ghostly duets. Ms. Futral negotiated it all beautifully and, it seemed, tirelessly.”