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About Keely

Soprano, "KEELY FUTTERER, a native of Arkansas, is charging up the ladder of vocal-music prominence." 

Keely has taken leading roles across the world, including her principal debut as Marie at Opera Saratoga in their mounting of La fille du regiment; the title character in Suor Angelica in her recent Italian debut in Urbania, under Benton Hess' baton; Elle in La Voix Humaine (Eastman Opera Theater); Adina in L'elisir d'amore (Opera in the Ozarks); and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Sinfonica Carlo Coccia), as well as Carmela in Mese Mariano (Eastman Opera Theater); Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (Eastman Opera Theater). Keely has performed a repertoire 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; she has also portrayed The Witch Mother in the American premiere of Philip Glass’s The Witches of Venice (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.


Keely has also been a successful competition-goer. 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.  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 active in concert work, covering Renée Fleming for the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Letters from Georgia with the  Eastman Philharmoia; was soloist for Mahler’s Symphony IV also with the Eastman Philharmoia, and performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Futterer has also sung numerous other oratorio and concert engagements such as the Mozart Requiem (Rochester Lyric Ballet); Mozart Missa brevis (St. Thomas' Episcopal Church); Handel's Messiah (Fine Arts at First, WI); and scenes and aria concerts around the United States and Italy.

Keely is an alumna of fine training programs such as Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist program, Tulsa Opera's Studio, Opera Naples' Coaching Intensive with Renata Scotto, and Si parla si canta where she worked with Benton Hess, Chris Merrit, Nicole Cabelle, Enza Ferrari, and Jennifer Johnson-Cano.

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.



December 04, 2020

Viva Violetta!

A new take on a well-known classic,

September 17, 2020

Concert: Gala Series

The Muses

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