January 5, 2007

Futral To Lead Landmark Metropolitan Opera Production

"... Movie theaters throughout the nation will carry a live broadcast of The First Emperor, which has been heralded as the most important production of the century..."

Elizabeth FutralSamford alumna Elizabeth Futral '85 is leading a stellar cast in the Metropolitan Opera's production of The First Emperor, and music lovers who can't make it to New York City will still be able to enjoy her performance on January 13.  Movie theaters throughout the nation will carry a live broadcast of the Tan Dun opera, which has been heralded as the most important production of the century.

Futral, a world renowned coloratura soprano and 2002 Alumna of the Year, sings the role of Yueyang, daughter of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (Plácido Domingo). Seduced by court composer Gao Jianli (Paul Groves,) Yueyang is caught up in love, betrayal and the politics of national unification in ancient China.

Futral, Elizabeth Futral was recognized as Samford's Alumna of the Year in 2002.

The Trussville Stadium 16 theatre will carry the broadcast for the Birmingham area at 12:30 p.m. (5895 Trussville Crossings Parkway). Follow the link below for information about other Alabama and nationwide venues.  Tickets are $18 and available either at the theatres or online www.fandango.com.

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