Meet the two outstanding voices behind our new Philip Lasser release Colors of Feelings:
Soprano Elizabeth Futral’s career was launched with critically acclaimed performances of Delibes’ Lakmé at New York City Opera in 1994. Career milestones followed: winner of Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition, title role in Rossini’s Matilde di Shabran in Pesaro, debut at San Francisco Opera as Stella in the premiere of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and Metropolitan Opera debut in Lucia di Lammermoor. She has performed often at the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera Chicago as well as the opera companies of Washington, Houston, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, New York City, Vancouver and Minnesota; and internationally at Royal Opera Covent Garden, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Geneva, Barcelona, Brussels and Hamburg. Ms. Futral has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony. A leading interpreter of the music of today’s prominent composers, Ms. Futral has sung world premieres of Andre Previn, Tan Dun, Philip Glass, Ricky Ian Gordon, Dominic Argento and Stephen Paulus, and a U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho.
Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips, winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, returns to the Met in the 2012-13 season to perform Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Other 2012-13 highlights include Phillips’ return to Santa Fe Opera as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, and performances of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall and with Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Phillips’ 2012-13 recital season features appearances with Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Artist Series Sarasota, Celebrity Series Boston, and Cal Performances. Concert work includes Mozart’s Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony.
Past seasons featured appearances at The Metropolitan Opera as Pamina, in Die Zauberflöte, and as Musetta in La bohème. Ms. Phillips sang Euridice in Minnesota Opera’s Orfeo ed Euridice opposite David Daniels, and as the title character in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at both Minnesota Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Phillips’ busy summer of 2012 included her European debut as Pamina at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, company debuts with the Verbier Music Festival and Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux as Mozart’s Countess, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Aspen Music Festival, and Ilia in Idomeneo with the Ravinia Festival. Major concert appearances include the Marilyn Horne Foundation gala at Carnegie Hall and a solo recital in Chicago.
Concert performances include the opening night of the 2011 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center which was telecast live on PBS; Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Chicago Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra; and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. The soprano had a banner year in 2005, winning four of the world’s leading vocal competitions: Operalia (both First Place and the Audience Prize), the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards, and the George London Foundation. Ms. Phillips is also a graduate of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center.