Roanoke College Choir performing Handel’s “Messiah”
and Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with Elizabeth Futral
When: 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 631 N. Jefferson Street, Roanoke
How much: $23; students, $12
Info: 375-2333; www.roanoke.edu/tickets
This weekend, an international opera star with Southwest Virginia ties will add her voice to the Roanoke College Choir’s rendition of Handel’s “Messiah.”
Soprano Elizabeth Futral and her husband, conductor and former Opera Roanoke director Steven White, maintain a home in Franklin County, but Futral’s performances in Roanoke are relatively rare.
Roanoke College Choir director Jeffrey Sandborg said Sunday’s solos will mark the first time she’s sung the “Messiah” in Roanoke.
In September, Futral appeared on stage at the San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of “Dolores Claiborne,” based on the Stephen King thriller, an opera by American composer Tobias Picker that’s a far cry from traditional holiday music. Earlier this year in Chicago, she portrayed Musetta in “La Boheme” — the Puccini opera that was updated as the Pulitzer-winning Broadway smash “Rent.”