American soprano Latonia Moore made an unexpected and triumphant debut at the Metropolitan Opera in March 2012 replacing Violeta Urmana as Aida. Her performance was broadcast on live radio and was received rapturously by the press and public alike. The New York Times reported that “she received an ecstatic ovation…her voice was radiant, plush and sizable at its best, with gleaming top notes that broke through the chorus and orchestra during the crowd scenes…Moore has enormous potential.”
Particularly associated with this role, she has gone on to sing Aida with great success at Covent Garden; the Opernhaus Zurich; Opera Australia; the New National Theatre in Tokyo; the Dallas, San Diego, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Detroit Operas and at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Conlon.
In the 2014/15 season she returns to the Openhaus Zurich for further performances of Aida and to Opera Australia for Aida and her first Elisabetta Don Carlo. Future seasons see her return to the San Diego Opera and to the Metropolitan Opera.
Other notable highlights have included Liù Turandot at Covent Garden; Cio Cio San Madama Butterfly and Amelia Simon Boccanegra for the Hamburg State Opera; Liù, Cio Cio San and Mimi La bohème at Dresden’s Semperoper; Micaëla Carmen for the New York City Opera; Micaëla, Liù, Elvira Ernani and Lucrezia I due Foscari in Bilbao; Vivetta L’Arlesiana and Fidelia Edgar in Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York and Bess Porgy and Bess with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle.
Her recordings include the role of Lady Macbeth Macbeth with Edward Gardner for Chandos and Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gilbert Kaplan for Deutsche Grammophon.
Ms Moore's many awards include the Maria Callas Award as debut artist of the season at the Dallas Opera, the Richard Tucker Foundation Grant (2005), first prize at the Marseilles Competition (2003), first prize in the International Competition dell’Opera in Dresden (2002).