Posted by Sean Flynt on 2010-11-17

Celebrated soprano and Samford alumna Elizabeth Futral will return to campus next week to present a master class for students and perform in a special concert. An Evening with Elizabeth Futral, presented in collaboration with the Samford's School of Arts and sponsored by Patty McDonald, will take place on Nov. 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm at Brock Recital Hall. Futral. She will be accompanied by William Billinghurst, piano. On Nov. 17 she will share her experience with School of the Arts students.

With her stunning vocalism and vast dramatic range, Futral has established herself as one of the major coloratura sopranos in the world today. She has appeared at the major opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera (the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Princess Eudoxie in La juive, Elvira in I Puritani, and Princess Yueyang in the world premiere of The First Emperor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Musetta in La bohéme), San Francisco Opera (Stella in the world premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire, Violetta in La traviata), Bayerische Staatsoper (Nannetta in Falstaff), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Gilda in Rigoletto), Berlin State Opera (Violetta), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Violetta and the title role in Partenope), and Washington National Opera (Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Violetta and Lucia).

The concert is not part of Opera Birmingham's or Samford's regular performance season, so tickets must be purchased separately. Tickets for An Evening with Elizabeth Futral are $50 for the concert only or $100 for the concert and a private reception with the artist following the performance.

For tickets and information call 205-322-6737
 
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