V2283. MOZART, THE SUPREME DECORATOR, w.Charles Mackerras Cond.The Hanover Band; Diana Montague, Elizabeth Futral & Majella Cullagh. Opera Rara OPR 210. Includes Elaborate 55pp. Libretto-Book. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 792938021027
“Diana Montague was born in Winchester and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since her debut as Zerlina with Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1977, she has appeared at the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls, including Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Bastille and Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. Her festival appearances include Bayreuth, Salzburg and Edinburgh. Her repertoire includes the major roles for mezzo-soprano in operas by Mozart, Gluck, Strauss, Rossini, Bellini and Berlioz. For Opera Rara, Diana has recorded Donizetti’s ZORAIDA DI GRANATA and ROSMONDA D’INGHILTERRA and Meyerbeer’s IL CROCIATO IN EGITTO.”
“Soprano Elizabeth Futral attended Samford University and then studied voice at Indiana University's graduate program, where she worked with Virginia Zeani. She has frequently appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, performing roles in L'ELISIR D'AMORE, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, and Handel's PARTENOPE there. She made her début at the New York City Opera in LAKMÉ in 1994, and at the Met in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR in 1999 in performances that were critically praised, and she has been acclaimed for her unusual versatility, with performances and recordings of works ranging from Baroque opera to contemporary music. She created the role of Stella in André Previn' s adaptation of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the San Francisco Opera in 1998. Other worls premieres in which she was featured include Tan Dun's THE FIRST EMPEROR at the Metropolitan Opera in 2006 and Previn's BRIEF ENCOUNTER at the Houston Grand Opera in 2009.
In 2003 Futral was featured on the Great Operatic Arias disc released as part of the Chandos label's ‘Opera in English’ series, having already appeared on the recording of LUCIA OF LAMMERMOOR in the same series. Futral has also recorded for the Opera Rara label. Her other recordings include Pacini's CARLO DI BORGOGNA, Rossini's ZELMIRA and OTELLO, Meyerbeer's L'ETOILE DU NORD, Weisgall's SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, Floyd's OF MICE AND MEN, Glass' HYDROGEN JUKEBOX, and Ricky Ian Gordon's ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE.”
- James Manheim, allmusic.com
“After a concert performance given at the Royal Festival Hall in October 2004 the Guardian Critic Tim Ashley had this to say: 'Majella Cullagh is technically staggering, pushing herself to her expressive limits in order to convey Pia’s emotional and moral agony'."
- Z. D. Akron