Soprano, "KEELY FUTTERER, a native of Arkansas, is charging up the ladder of vocal-music prominence." She recently won 3rd in Pheonix Art Network: Bologna International Voice Competition in Bologna, Italy, and was awarded an additional, discretionary prize by the Varna State Opera, where she will give a special gala concert. Keely has led opera productions such as the title role in Suor Angelica in her recent European debut (Urbania, Italy), Elle in La Voix Humaine, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, as well as Carmela in Mese Mariano, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and debuted with the Rochester Lyric Opera performing Isabella Beecher in Victoria Bond's Mrs. President. She was a semi-finalist at the Midwest Regional MET Auditions in 2017, won first place in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition in 2016, placed 4th in the Rochester Classical Idol Competition, and took 2nd place in Opera Saratoga's Aria Showcase Competition in 2015. Keely is an alumna of Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist program, where she sang the role of The Witch Mother in the American premiere of Philip Glass’s The Witches of Venice 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. Keely is also active in concert work, covering Renée Fleming for the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Letters from Georgia, was the soloist for Mahler’s Symphony IV with the Eastman Philharmonia, and performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Futterer took her BA from Arkansas Tech University, and her MM from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Kathryn Cowdrick. Keely is a doctoral candidate at Eastman.