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Elizabeth Futral (2001)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2001-01-18

Duration: 00:25:33

Subjects: Futral, Elizabeth | Opera | Music | Arts | Singers


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Bush, Charles Producer
  • Futral, Elizabeth Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from January 18, 2001, features an interview with Elizabeth Futral conducted by Gus Weill. Futral, a native of Covington, is an opera singer. She discusses: growing up in Covington; performing in the church where her father was a minister; hearing her first opera, “Madame Butterfly”; studying music at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; studying for her master’s degree at Indiana University in Bloomington; the encouragement and support she received from her family and teachers; joining the Lyric Opera of Chicago; winning the Metropolitan Opera competition and gaining an agent; singing at the New York City Opera; her marriage to conductor Stephen White; her role as Stella in the debut of “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the San Francisco Opera; protecting her voice; and her goals for the future.