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November 30, 2010

Elizabeth Futral donates performance to promote opera at the Lyric

Elizabeth Futral, the dynamic soprano who starred in several productions during the closing years of the Baltimore Opera Company, will donate a performance this month at that company's old home base, the Lyric (more properly known now as the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric).

Futral's free recital is being billed as an "intimate musicale" in support of "bringing grand opera back to Baltimore."

The soprano will be accompanied by pianist James Harp, the director of opera and education at the Lyric, where large-scale opera productions are set to return under the Lyric's own auspices next season.

The recital is "open to the public and free of charge, other than a cash bar," says Kathleen A. Grayson, the Lyric's director of external relations. "People should simply call 410-900-1163 to make reservations.

"One purpose of this event is to reach out to the former BOC subscribers and patrons who lost ticket money in the bankruptcy. This goodwill effort is an opportunity to wet the appetite of our opera loving community and announce our upcoming 2011-2012 season." Grayson says. "In March ’11 we will offer another similar event which will preview the upcoming season..."

The event begins at

6 p.m. Dec. 12 with the cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. A champagne reception will follow.

Lyric Opera Baltimore, launched by the Lyric Foundation, will debut in November 2011 in the substantially renovated opera house with Futral singing the lead role in Verdi's "La Traviata." Productions of Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro" and Gounod's "Faust" are scheduled in 2012.


Posted by Tim Smith at 10:09 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Clef Notes, Opera


I have had the joy of being in 4 operas with Elizabeth, and she is one of the most charming sopranos I have ever worked with or heard. Elizabeth and her husband conductor Steven White are extremely passionate about opera and truly love sharing that love with others. This really is a great gift she is giving the city of Baltimore!

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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