Soprano, "KEELY FUTTERER, a native of Arkansas, is charging up the ladder of vocal-music prominence."
Keely Futterer has taken leading roles across the world, including her principal debut as Marie in Opera Saratoga's La fille du régiment, the title character in Suor Angelica in her Italian debut, Elle in La Voix Humaine, Carmela in Mese Mariano, and Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. She has performed an array of new opera, in addition to the classics. Her debut with the Rochester Lyric Opera was as Isabella Beecher in Victoria Bond's Mrs. President. Ms. Futterer has also portrayed The Witch Mother in the American premiere of Philip Glass’s The Witches of Venice with Opera Saratoga, and in 2017, she was part of the New Works Forum in NYC with American Lyric Theatre, premiering the role of Sara Turing in The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing.
Ms. Futterer has also had success in competition; she won 3rd place out of over 70 competitors in Pheonix Art Network: Bologna International Voice Competition in Bologna, Italy, and was awarded an additional, discretionary prize by the Varna State Opera. She was a semi-finalist at the Midwest Regional MET Auditions, won first place in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition in, placed 4th and won the Audience Favorite Award in the Rochester Classical Idol Competition, and took 2nd place in Opera Saratoga's Aria Showcase Competition. Recently, she won first prize in Lyra New York's Mozart Competition in both the aria and art song categories.
A passionate interpreter of concert work, Ms. Futterer has covered Renée Fleming for the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Letters from Georgia with the Eastman Philharmonic, was soloist for Mahler’s Symphony IV also with the Eastman Philharmonic, and performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She has also sung numerous other oratorio and concert engagements such as the Mozart Requiem, Mozart Missa brevis , Handel's Messiah , Orff's Carmina Burana, and Brahms' Deutches Requiem , as well as scenes and aria concerts around the United States, China, and Italy. In 2019, Ms. Futterer had the great honor to work the Lynx Project on their Autism Advocacy Concert Series, where she performed the world debut of two song cycles, both written expressly for her voice.
Ms. Futterer is an alumna of fine training programs such as Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist program, Tulsa Opera's Filstrup Resident Artist Program, Opera Naples' Coaching Intensive with Renata Scotto, and Si parla, si canta, where she had the great pleasure to work with opera greats, such as Benton Hess, Chris Merritt, the late Mira Zakai, Patrizia Ciofi, Enza Ferrari, and Jennifer Johnson Cano, to name a few. She took her BA from Arkansas Tech University and her MM's in Voice Performance and Opera Stage Direction from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Kathryn Cowdrick. In 2020, Ms. Futterer finished her doctoral degree in Vocal Performance and Literature, also from the Eastman School of Music, and will walk as Dr. Futterer in spring of 2021.