Latonia Moore

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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, to the Dallas Opera to sing the title role in La Wally 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).

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OPERA REPERTOIRE

BIZET
Carmen (Micaëla)

BOITO
Mefistofele (Margherita)

CATALANI
La Wally (title role)

CILEA
L'Arlesiana (Vitetta)

DONIZETTI
Lucrezia Borgia (title role)

FLOYD
Susannah (title role)

GERSHWIN
Porgy and Bess (Bess)

GOUNOD
Faust (Marguerite)

LEONCAVALLO
I Pagliacci (Nedda)

MASCAGNI
L'Amico Fritz (Suzel)

MOZART
Don Giovanni (Donna Anna / Donna Elvira)

OFFENBACH
Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Antonia)

PUCCINI
La bohème (Mimi)
Manon Lescaut (title role)
Suor Angelica (title role)
Turandot (Liù)
Madama Butterfly (Cio Cio San)

TCHAIKOVSKY
Eugene Onegin (Tatyana)

VERDI
Aida (title role)
Il Corsaro (Medora)
Don Carlo (Elisabetta)
I due Foscari (Lucrezia Contarini)
Ernani (Elvira)
Macbeth (Lady Macbeth)
Otello (Desdemona)
Simon Boccanegra (Amelia)
Il Trovatore (Leonora)

CONCERT REPERTOIRE

BACH
St Matthew Passion

BARBER
Knoxille

BEETHOVEN
Mass in C
Missa Solemnis
Symphony no. 9

BERNSTEIN
Chichester Psalms

BRITTEN
War Requiem

BRUCKNER
Mass in E Minor
Mass in F Minor
Te Deum

DVORAK
Stabat Mater

HANDEL
Messiah

HAYDN
Die Jahreszeiten
Die Schöpfung

MAHLER
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
Symphony no. 8 

MENDELSSOHN
Elijah
Symphony no. 2
Psalm 42

MOZART
Coronation Mass
Mass in C Minor
Requiem
Vesperae di Domenica
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore

POULENC
Gloria

ROSSINI
Stabat Mater

SCHUBERT
Mass in G
Mass in E Flat

SCHOENBERG
Gurrelieder

SCHUMANN
Requiem

STRAUSS
Vier Letze Lieder

STRAVINSKY
Les Noces

VERDI
Messa per Rossini
Requiem

WAGNER
Wesendonck Lieder

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Verdi

Macbeth

Orchestra of the English National Opera/Gardner (Chandos CD, 2014)

The American soprano Latonia Moore sings powerfully as Lady Macbeth. Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 24 April 2014
American soprano, Latonia Moore could well have met Verdi’s original conception of the ideal voice. She matches Simon Keenlyside for vocal quality and characterisation. Her voice is rich in colour and can soar to the heights with apparent ease. Her tonal variety is heard to good effect when reading Macbeth’s letter and in the sleepwalking scene where she hits the vocal stratosphere with ease and security. Robert J Farr, Musicweb International, 2014

Dett

The Ordering of Moses

Carnegie Hall (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Conlon)

...the soprano Latonia Moore rang over above the formidable May Festival Chorus as Miriam... Amanda Angel, New York Classical Review, 10 May 2014
Soprano Latonia Moore's finest moment was her glowing 'Come, let us praise Jehovah.' Her crystalline soprano, sung against the gentle 'hallelujahs' of the women of the May Festival Chorus, was something to behold. Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com, 11 May 2014

Verdi

Aida

Opernhaus Zürich

Latonia Moore gibt diese Aida, und sie ist weit über das Titelheldinnentum hinaus das Zentrum und die Seele dieser Aufführung. In nicht weniger als fünf verschiedenen Produktionen hat die 33-jährige Texanerin ihre Paraderolle in den vergangenen Monaten gesungen, aber da ist nichts Routiniertes in ihrer verblüffend gelassenen Interpretation. So mühelos wie intensiv entwickelt sie ihre Phrasen aus einer vollen Tiefe heraus, und ihre Spitzentöne klingen nie überambitioniert, sondern strahlen wie von selbst. Wer weiss, vielleicht wirkt da die frühe Gospelprägung nach, vielleicht ist es auch nur die Vertrautheit mit einer Figur und einer Musik, die Moore ganz selbstverständlich zu entsprechen scheinen. Susanne Kübler, Tages Anzeiger, 04 March 2014
Latonia Moores warm timbrierter So­pran gibt stimmlich eine berührende Aida. Bruno Rauch, Der Landbote, 04 March 2014
Die 34-jährige Latonia Moore (Aïda) ist ein Emotionsvulkan: Die Kraft ihrer Stimme ist riesig... Christian Berzins, Aargauer Zeitung, 03 March 2014
...die stimmmächtige Latonia Moore spannt prächtig weite Bögen... Torbjörn Bergflödt, Südkurier, 04 March 2014

Verdi

Aida

Pittsburgh Opera

Latonia Moore commanded the stage as 'Aida,' a role she's performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He voice is lustrous and smooth on top, and has an emotional tinge even at the ends of phrases that taper quietly. Her lowest register was dry at first, but velvety long before the exquisite tomb scene.  The soprano's power was thrilling to experience, both in solos and in big scenes. She also acted extremely well. All in all, an unforgettable company debut. Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune, 13 October 2013

Verdi

Aida

Ravinia Festival (Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Conlon)

Much of the excitement centered around the Ravinia debut of soprano Latonia Moore, who scored a memorable triumph in the title role, earning a storm of applause and cheers by the end of the evening. Moore made the role indelibly her own. Aida has become something of a signature role for the 35-year-old Houston native, having sung nearly 50 performances of the work at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and various regional American houses. Her sound is plush and lustrous, produced without effort. It is even in quality from an earthy chest voice to a velvety middle to a gleaming, powerful top. Unlike many who undertake 'O patria mia,' she capped off that treacherous aria with a high C sung dolce (softly), as Verdi indicates. She also brought dramatic charisma and vivid stage presence to her performance, whether in her confrontation with Michelle DeYoung as Amneris, the Egyptian princess who is her rival for Radames' affections; or in the taxing Nile Scene, where Aida bows to the will of her father, the Ethiopian king Amonasro (Mark Delavan), and causes Radames (Roberto Alagna) to unwittingly betray king and country. There was palpable electricity in Moore's scenes with DeYoung and Delavan, each artist bringing out the best in the others.
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 04 August 2013

Verdi

Aida

Cincinnati Opera

Latonia Moore, a young spinto soprano with awesome reserves in the upper and lower range, an unflagging legato line and plenty of heft in the middle voice sang 'Ritorna vincitor,' unleashing her voluminous voice in the opening middle passages and then tapering off to a lovely pianissimo for 'Numi, pieta del mio soffrir.' Her Nile scene proved beyond a doubt that she owns the role with a meltingly sung 'O patria mia,' easily rising to the notorious high C at the end with total aplomb. Rafael de Acha, Seen and Heard, 23 July 2013
The cast, headed by soprano Latonia Moore as Aida, was superlative...Moore, who made a celebrated last-minute debut as Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2012, captivated the Cincinnati audience likewise, calibrating her full, rich soprano exquisitely to tender as well as impassioned moments. Mary Ellyn Hutton, Concerto Net, 01 August 2013
Moore's company debut as the Egyptian Princess will be remembered as one of the great performances on Music Hall's stage.  Her voluptuous, effortless sound soared over massive choral and orchestral forces, yet she also projected nuance and beauty.  Her anguished 'Ritorna vincitor !' in Act I was striking for the emotional depth and the sympathetic tone she conveyed.  The American soprano projected powerfully in the first two acts and summoned velvety pianissimos in the last two.  She sailed sweetly up to the high C in 'O patria mia,' and sang with lyrical beauty as she tried to convince Radames of the ecstasy they would share if they fled together. Janelle Gelfand, The Enquirer, 20 July 2013

Verdi

Aida

Detroit Opera

As Aida, Latonia Moore unleashed a bright, forward, lush soprano of much power; she also endowed Aida with earthiness.  It was a nuanced performance all round. Michael H. Margolin, Opera, November 2013

Verdi

Aida

San Diego Opera

In the title role, Latonia Moore was [Walter] Fraccaro’s equal, showing the same power but with considerably more warmth. And she is as much a communicator as a singer. James Chute, The San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 April 2013
As the Ethiopian princess Aida, American soprano Latonia Moore more than impressed with her creamy vocals. Her powerhouse voice, particularly in 'Ritorna vincitor!,' could easily fill the 3,000-seat San Diego Civic Theatre, but she also possesses a delicacy and beauty of tone, heard best in the finale. Pam Kragen, Concerto Net, April 2013
Last evening Ms. Moore was the bright light. Already celebrated as a world-class artist since her relatively recent opera debut, she counts the Met, Covent Garden and Hamburgische Staatsoper among her operatic conquests. As the ill-fated Ethiopian princess, she carried the burden of a role taxing in its tessitura and weight with seeming ease. Her exquisite artistry in phrasing and lyric beauty of her voice evoked the shimmering stars of an Egyptian night. Vocally she was like a fine, fresh Beaujolais wine with “notes” of Leontyne Price and Leona Mitchell, her lustrous turns of phrase reminiscent of the young Renée  Fleming. The audience’s warm reception and uninhibited standing ovation were almost a given for this rising operatic force of nature. Erica Miner, Opera Pulse, 22 April 2013
The last-minute Met debut of soprano Latonia Moore is the stuff of which legends are made. While not a legend yet, Moore is understandably lauded for her performance of Aida and is on the cusp of becoming something very special indeed. She is a magnet onstage, drawing every eye to her fully-committed, corporeal involvement in the part, even when not singing. It is quite unfair to mention Leontyne Price in any review of a current Aida, but there is an uncanny vocal resemblance here. Moore doesn’t sing with Price’s uniformity of sound, but her top notes are thrilling, with a similar crying edge in the sound that effortlessly carries the voice above the ensemble. Moore’s soprano voice has edge and fire; in some ways she’s a throwback with her use of portamento and range of expression. She holds back nothing. Moore’s phrasing is graceful and her pianissimos effortless. Her 'Ritorna vincitor' was tortured and highly sympathetic. Her 'O patria mia' was expressive and dynamic. Her high C was spot-on and shimmering. Still, it’s not a completely polished instrument. But what is already well-established in her voice is often breathtaking. She has a chance to be a star as Aida with a unique color of sound and intelligence as a singing actor. A word to the wise: keep an eye on Latonia Moore.
Matthew Richard Martinez, BachTrack, 20 April 2013

Verdi

Aida

Dallas Opera

The star of Sunday's performance was soprano Latonia Moore in the title role. She first generated a lot of buzz in the Dallas area in 1998, when, as a University of North Texas student, she won the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition in spectacular fashion.  She certainly impressed again Sunday, with a powerful, gorgeous voice that could easily be heard even against massed forces. Olin Chism, Star Telegram, 31 October 2012
Latonia Moore has received a lot of buzz leading up to her performance in this opera as Aida. Earlier this year, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role, filling in for an ailing soprano. Compared to others on stage, her vocal performance stood out. Her voice has great strength and range, an impressive instrument to witness in a live performance. Throughout the opera, over a sometimes slightly over-bearing (but gorgeously shaped) orchestral performance, she capably manoeuvered the demands of the repertoire. Katie Womack, Dallas Observer, 30 October 2012
It is easy to see why New York audiences went wild when they heard Latonia Moore, go on in the leading role in Aïda in March. One of her two big arias, 'Ritorna vincitor', happens in the first act. It is a tour de force, both vocally and acting-wise, and sopranos great and lesser have crashed on its rocky shores. On the other hand, Friday evening for the gala opening performance of Verdi's 'Aïda' produced by the Dallas Opera, Moore was transcendent. All of the red carpet folderol that accompanies the opening of the opera season pales with the memory of her performance. Vocally, she was superb with her big and beautiful voice that easily soared over cast, chorus and orchestra. On top of that, her acting was riveting. Every change of emotion was visible as the tormented and conflicted Aida poured out her heart. Little wonder there was an overwhelming ovation for her, both in New York's Metropolitan Opera production and in the Winspear Opera House Friday night. Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones, 27 October 2012
Houston-born, UNT-trained soprano Latonia Moore, a rising star who has already triumphed as Aida at Covent Garden and at the Met, simply astounded with a voice that was equally powerful—and clearly capable of subtle effect—from top to bottom. While sheer magnitude are volume are the most immediately striking aspects of her voice, Moore proved repeatedly throughout the evening that she is capable of producing arresting emotional effect as well. Wayne Lee Gay, D Magazine, 27 October 2012
The one character who did seem flesh-and-blood human, and touchingly believable, was Latonia Moore's Aida.  She commanded an impressive instrument, with a blazing top. Scott Cantrell, Opera, March 2013

Gershwin

Porgy and Bess

Berlin Philharmonie (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Rattle)

Latonia Moore: Die vitale junge Dame singt Bess mit leuchtendem, selbstbewusst vibrierenden Sopran. Zielsicher erklimmt sie federnd höchste Höhen. Leichtes Soubretten-Timbre. Prima die Auseinandersetzung mit Crown im 2. Akt, 2. Szene. Apartes, schwereloses Vibrato in “I loves you Porgy”.

Latonia Moore: The vital young lady sings Bess with bright, confident, vibrant soprano. Unerringly she climb the highest heights spring. Light soubrette timbre. Prima confrontation with the Crown in the 2nd Act 2 Scene. Apartes, weightless vibrato "I loves you Porgy".
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Verdi

Aida

Opera Australia, Sydney

In the title role, Latonia Moore, though diminutive in stature for a person who rocks an empire, sings with a huge enveloping sound, easily soaring over chorus and orchestra with warmth and even colour over a wide pitch range. Though capable of poise and pathos, it is in the dramatic moments and large chorus scenes that she excels. Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 2012
Latonia Moore, a young American soprano who was given just a day's notice (and no stage rehearsal) to save the day for the Metropolitan Opera in March, replacing Violetta Urmana had a significant success there and also entranced the Sydney Opera House crowd on July 17. [She] quickly settled to thrill the house with a gleaming soprano that is beautifully placed and penetrating enough to soar over the ensemble and orchestra with plenty in reserve. Deborah Jones, Opera, October 2012

Verdi

Aida

Metropolitan Opera, New York

This past March 3, I listened to the Met's Saturday-afternoon broadcast of Aida, with Latonia Moore making her debut in the title role.  At the end, she received a justly deserved ovation.  At that moment, I didn't want to be anywhere but right there in the theater, soaking up the electricity of the audience as it roared its approval.  Brian Kellow, Opera News, April 2012
The audience loved her. When Ms. Moore took her solo curtain call at the end, she received an ecstatic ovation. She brought experience to bear, having sung Aida last season at Covent Garden in London and the Hamburg State Opera. On Saturday 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. She also has appealing stage presence, and brought palpable emotion to her portrayal of the tormented Aida, an Ethiopian princess held captive in Egypt, torn between love of her homeland and passion for Radamès, the leader of the Egyptian forces. That Ms. Moore is a young black artist singing the most famous African heroine in opera lent an extra dimension to her affecting portrayal. Ms. Moore has enormous potential. New York Times, March 2012

Verdi

Aida

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

...the most glorious-sounding Aida I have heard at the ROH in more than 30 years... Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

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