Monday, January 24, 2011

Elizabeth Futral Conquers Offenbach in Florida

Futral as Olympia
"The soprano Elizabeth Futral’s virtuoso performance as a coloratura-spinning fembot Olympia was the highlight of a largely successful production of Offenbach’s story of a young poet’s frustrated search for romantic love. Futral, singing all four roles for the first time in her career, succeeded triumphantly. Wearing a 50-pound robot costume, she brought pin-point accuracy to Olympia’s ridiculously difficult, mechanical coloratura parody. The soprano also
showed a
Futral as Antonia
natural sense of humor as she robotically ran away from Hoffmann, bumping into things along the way. As the opera singer Antonia, Futral’s rapid vibrato may have been a bit too intense for the gentle aria "Elle a fui, la tourterelle." But she brought dramatic lyricism to the role of Giulietta, singing with great power and beauty in her long duet with Hoffmann as she prepares to help the villain steal his reflection." [Source]

For more information about the Florida Grand Opera production of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann please click here.

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