Keely Futterer, Soprano

keelyfutterer@gmail.com

OPERA BIO

Soprano Keely Futterer has been praised by Opera News as a “high-quality lyric soprano…with a keen verbal nuance,” and has been seen in performances across the globe in China, Italy and the United States. Career highlights of Ms. Futterer include the leading ladies of Elle in La Voix Humaine, the title role in Suor Angelica, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, and Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. Recently, she received enthusiastic critical acclaim for her role debut of Marie in La Fille du Régiment at Opera Saratoga, where she was reviewed as having “one of the most gorgeous voices you can imagine with charm to match. Hers [was] a performance you will remember and speak about for years.”

On the concert stage, Ms. Futterer has successfully performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, has covered Renée Fleming in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Letters from Georgia, and has performed as soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Symphony 2 and 4, and Mozart’s Requiem.

Ms. Futterer, a frequent performer of contemporary opera, has performed Isabella Beecher in Victoria Bond’s Mrs. President with Rochester Lyric Opera, the role of Sara Turing in the workshop of The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing with American Lyric Theatre, and the role of The Witch Mother in the American premiere of Glass’s The Witches of Venice with Opera Saratoga. In the spring of 2019 in conjunction with Lynx Project, Ms. Futterer premiered two song cycles written for her and featuring the poetry of inspiring young writers with non-verbal Autism.

The up-and-coming soprano has recently found success in the Lyra New York Mozart Competition, taking 1st prize in both the Art Song and Opera Divisions, as well as being granted second place for ‘Women in Opera’ in the American Prize. She has further found success in the semi-finals of the Opera Birmingham Competition, the finals of the Rochester Classical Idol and Shreveport Opera Competitions, in addition to taking third place at the International Vocal Competition in Bologna, Italy.

Currently, Ms. Futterer is serving as Resident Artist at Tulsa Opera. Upcoming this spring, she will reprise her role of Isabella Beecher in Mrs. President for Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, then will make her debut as Violetta Valéry in La Traviata with Opera in the Rock.

AUDIO / VIDEO

Sempre Libera from La Traviata (Verdi)

I Want Magic from A Streetcar Named Desire (Andre Previn)

Martern aller Arten / Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Mozart)

A Set of Armenian Songs (Gomitas)

“It” and Poem Compilation (Liberté-Anne Lymberiou) / Art Song Advocacy with Lynx Project

RESUME

OPERA 2020
Violetta Valéry** La Traviata Opera in the Rock
Isabella Beecher** Mrs. President Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival
Kate Pinkerton** Madame Butterfly Tulsa Opera
Cio-Cio San (cover)** Madame Butterfly Tulsa Opera
2019
Nella Gianni Schicchi Orchestra Sinfonica Carlo Coccia
Marie La Fille du Régiment Opera Saratoga
2018
Suor Angelica Suor Angelica Sì Parla, Sì Canta
2017
Isabella Beecher Mrs. President Rochester Lyric Opera
Sara Turing The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing American Lyric Theater
2016
Fiordiligi Cosi fan Tutte Portland Summer Opera
Witch Mother The Witches of Venice Opera Saratoga
Countess Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro Eastman Opera Theatre
Suor Angelica Suor Angelica Eastman Opera Theatre

** Upcoming Engagement

CONCERT/ORATORIO 2019
Handel Messiah Soprano Soloist Festival Arts Chamber Orchestra
Haydn Creation Mass Soprano Soloist Arkansas Chamber Singers
Gala Concert Featured Artist Opera in the Rock
Capo d’anno Concert Featured Artist Arona, Italy
2018
Brahms Requiem Soprano Soloist SUNY Geneseo Orchestra
Mozart Requiem Soprano Soloist New York State Ballet
Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Solo Artist Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
2017
Carmina Burana Soprano Soloist SUNY Geneseo Orchestra
Mahler Symphony IV Soprano Soloist Eastman Symphony Orchestra
2016
Puts, “Letters from Georgia” Renee Fleming’s cover ESM/Alice Tully Hall
COMPETITIONS/AWARDS
First Prize/Art Song and Aria Mozart Lyra New York Competition New York, New York / 2019
Second Prize Women in Opera The American Prize USA / 2019
Third Place International Voice Competition Bologna, Italy / 2018
Finalist Rochester Classical Idol Rochester, New York / 2018/2019
Finalist Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Shreveport, Louisiana / 2018
Regional Finalist Midwest MET Auditions Kansas City, Missouri / 2017
EDUCATION/TRAINING
Resident Artist Tulsa Opera 2020
Young Artist Si Parla, Si Canta 2017/2018
Studio/Apprentice Artist Opera Saratoga 2015/2016
Apprentice Artist Opera in the Ozarks 2009/2012/2013
Regional Finalist Midwest MET Auditions Kansas City, Missouri / 2017

CAREER INFLUENCES

Conductors:  Andrew Bisantz, Victoria Bond, Benton Hess, Viswa Subbaraman, Lidiya Yankovskaya, Thomas Cockrell

Directors:  Lawrence Edelson, Steven Daigle, Stephen Carr, Robert Swedberg, David Ward

Coaches:  Ksenia Lelëtkina, Benedicte Jourdois, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Beatrice Benzi, Renata Scotto, Patrizia Ciofi, Diana Soviero

Teachers:  Kathryn Dowdrick, Christine Donahue, Louis Welcher, Christopher Merritt

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

“…standouts included Keely Futterer (First Witch) a high-quality lyric soprano of admirable accuracy and keen verbal nuance.”

– Opera News, Dido and Aeneas with Opera Saratoga, 2015

“The centerpiece was a fantastic performance by soprano Keely Futterer, a native Arkansan charging up the steep ladder of vocal-music prominence, of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Futterer’s voice was rich and full and her diction was so superb that we missed not a single syllable of James Agee’s melancholy memorial to a simpler time and place.”

– Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Soloist with Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concerts, 2018

“Vocally…soprano Keely Futterer shone brightest as..the Countess. [She] exhibited an impressive tone buoyed by strength and tenacity.”

– Rochester City Newspaper, Le Nozze di Figaro and Mozart Requiem with Rochester Lyric Ballet, 2018

“Equally commanding…Futterer manages the turn abouts while staying in excellent vocal form, gracefully negotiating climbs to the snowy peaks and quick legato descents into shadowy valleys.”

– The Times Union, La Fille du Régiment with Opera Saratoga, 2019

“Keely Futterer [soared] effortlessly in cascades of sound over a wide range. Her agile coloratura and the sheer volume of her voice was something to hear.”

– The Daily Gazette, La Fille du Régiment with Opera Saratoga, 2019

“Marie is played by coloratura soprano Keely Futterer with spellbinding vocal variety and fearless comic brilliance. [She] prompts side-splitting guffaws with her clodhopping Elly May Clampett-ry, impudent tantrums, and pitch-perfect sendups of art-song affections.”

– La Scena Musicale, La Fille du Régiment with Opera Saratoga, 2019

“Lyric soprano Keely Futterer is, at least [Tonio’s] equal – and many might rightfully argue better – since her role is more demanding. Futterer has one of the most gorgeous voices you can imagine with charm to match. Hers is a performance you will remember and speak about for years.”

– The Troy Record, La Fille du Régiment with Opera Saratoga, 2019