Rising Soprano, Latonia Moore to make Metropolitan Opera Debut as Aida

Latonia Moore makes her Met debut as Aida at 1pm, March 3rd, 2012

Every now and again, the opera world gets to marvel in the thrill of excitement when a young singer makes their debut…but not any debut.  A debut at the Metropolitan Opera is probably the most exciting of them all.  In a few hours, young soprano Latonia Moore will make her debut in a role that established many a great singer; Zinka Milanov, Renata Tebaldi, Leontyne Price, and Aprile Millo: Verdi’s magnificent Aida. In this historical and political opera, Verdi created three roles that are powerhouses of vocal prowess:  Aida, Amneris, and in my mind, Amonasro, even more than Radames.  This afternoon, Ms. Moore will sing Aida to Stephanie Blythe’s Amneris, Marcello Giordani’s Radames, and Lado Ataneli’s Amonasro.  The performance will be conducted by Marco Armiliato.  In Bocca al Lupo to Latonia!

Born in Houston and raised in Texas, Latonia Moore began her study at the University of North Texas, originally planed to study Jazz. Fortunately for opera lovers, one of her teachers convinced her to study classical music. She continued as a student of Bill Schuman at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia where she graduated in 2005.

She has won:

  • Richard Tucker Foundation Grant (2005),
  • first price and audience award at Concours International d’Opéra in Marseille (2003)
  • special price “Kammeroper der Internationalen Hans Gabor Belvedere Gesangswettbewerbe” (2003)
  • first price and adiance award “Internationalen Gesangswettbewerbs der italienischen Oper Dresden (2002)
  • Metropolitan Opera’s National Auditions (2000)

Here is a link to a “Sneak Peak” of Latonia’s singing from La Cieca on Parterre Box

“Cieli Azzurri” from Aida

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The Last Verista’s “Pick of the Week” on Met Opera Radio for January 25-29, 2012: Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier” with Richard Tucker and Zinka Milanov

Richard Tucker as Chenier

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

6:00am Wagner: Parsifal                                                                                                                                                                                                            4/14/1979-Levine; Vickers, Ludwig, Weikl, Talvela, Shinall, Plishka

12:00pm: Verdi: Don Carlo
11/11/1950-Stiedry; Björling, Rigal, Merrill, Barbieri, Siepi, Hines

Fedora Barbieri as Princess Eboli

3:00pm: R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
1/29/2000-Levine; Graham, Fleming, Hawlata, Murphy, Ketelsen

7:30pm: Various: The Enchanted Island (LIVE FROM THE MET) Christie; Daniels, DiDonato, Domingo, de Niese, Pisaroni, Oropesa, Costanzo

The Met’s “Enchanted Island”

12:00am: Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
4/7/1973-Levine; Prey, Horne, Di Giuseppe, Corena, Tozzi

Thursday, January 26, 2012

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6:00am: R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos                                                                                                                                                                                  4/14/2001-Levine; Voigt, Margison, Petrova, Mentzer, Brendel, Oswald

9:00am: Handel: Giulio Cesare
4/17/1999-Nelson; Larmore, McNair, Blythe, Daniels, Asawa

Jennifer Larmore as Giulio Cesare

12:00pm: Verdi: La Traviata
4/21/1962-Strasfogel; Moffo, Morell, Sereni

3:00pm: Mozart: Don Giovanni
12/24/1994-Hager; Morris, Sweet, Olsen, Schuman, Perry, Hong, D’Arcangelo

6:00pm: Berg: Lulu
4/2/1988-Levine; Malfitano, Mazura, Troyanos, Hamilton, Foldi

9:10pm: Verdi: I Lombardi
1/15/1994-Levine; Flanigan, Pavarotti, Beccaria, Plishka

12:00am: Giordano: Andrea Chenier
12/28/1957-Cleva; Tucker, Milanov, Warren, Elias, Lipton, Amparan

The magnificent Zinka Milanov

Friday, January 27, 2012

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6:00am: Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
4/7/1973-Levine; Prey, Horne, Di Giuseppe, Corena, Tozzi

9:00am: Puccini: Madama Butterfly
1/8/1994-Fulton; Soviero, Leech, Deng, Allen, Anthony, Courtney, Schaldenbrand, Hoffman, Aceto

12:00pm: Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
12/29/1984-Levine; Milnes, Tomowa-Sintow, Moldoveanu, Plishka, Clark

3:00pm: Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
2/24/2007-Gergiev; Hvorostovsky, Fleming, Vargas, Zaremba, Aleksashkin

6:00pm: Wagner: Götterdämmerung (SEASON PREMIERE – LIVE FROM THE MET)
Luisi; Voigt, Morris, König, Meier, Harmer, Paterson, Owens

Deborah Voigt in Gotterdammerung

12:00am: R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
1/29/2000-Levine; Graham, Fleming, Hawlata, Murphy, Ketelsen

Saturday, January 28, 2012

6:00 AM ET Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor                                                                                                                                                                      2/19/1966-Varviso; Peters, Kónya, Guarrera, Díaz, Nagy, Ordassy, Marek

9:00am: Mozart: Don Giovanni
12/24/1994-Hager; Morris, Sweet, Olsen, Schuman, Perry, Hong, D’Arcangelo

1:00pm: Puccini: Tosca (LIVE FROM THE MET) Franck; Racette, Álvarez, Morris

6:00pm: Giordano: Andrea Chenier
12/28/1957-Cleva; Tucker, Milanov, Warren, Elias, Lipton, Amparan

9:00pm: Handel: Giulio Cesare
4/17/1999-Nelson; Larmore, McNair, Blythe, Daniels, Asawa

12:00am: Verdi: Don Carlo
11/11/1950-Stiedry; Björling, Rigal, Merrill, Barbieri, Siepi, Hines

Sunday, January 29, 2012

6:00am: Verdi: La Traviata                                                                                                                                                                                                         4/21/1962-Strasfogel; Moffo, Morell, Sereni

9:00am: Berg: Lulu
4/2/1988-Levine; Malfitano, Mazura, Troyanos, Hamilton, Foldi

12:00pm: Verdi: I Lombardi
1/15/1994-Levine; Flanigan, Pavarotti, Beccaria, Plishka

3:00pm: Wagner: Parsifal
4/14/1979-Levine; Vickers, Ludwig, Weikl, Talvela, Shinall, Plishka

9:00pm: The Met on Record: Mozart: Così fan tutte (1952)
Stiedry; Steber, Tucker, Guarrera, Thebom, Peters, Alvary

12:00am: R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
4/14/2001-Levine; Voigt, Margison, Petrova, Mentzer, Brendel, Oswald

Milanov’s Farewell at the Met

The Last Verista’s Pick of the Week on Met Opera Radio: Remembering Salvatore Licitra

This week, Met Opera Radio is offering some pretty impressive broadcasts.  I especially recommend: the 1963 Sonnambula with Sutherland, the 1957 Gioconda with Milanov, and the 1989 Aida with Domingo and Millo.  In honour and memory of the young tenor who passed away, tragically, on Sept 5th, 2011, Met Opera Radio is broadcasting a 2006 production of Licitra in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. It is the last Verista’s Pick of the Week in honour of Mr. Licitra and his love of opera.

Licitra in Verdi’s Forza with Nina Stemme

Monday, September 12, 2011

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6am: Verdi: La Forza del Destino

3/11/2006-Noseda; Voigt, Licitra, Delavan, Ramey, Komlósi, Pons

9am: Bellini: La Sonnambula
3/30/1963-Varviso; Sutherland, Gedda, Flagello, Scovotti

12pm: R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
1/29/2000-Levine; Graham, Fleming, Hawlata, Murphy, Ketelsen

3:20pm: Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
2/23/1985-Järvi; Nucci, Griffel, Raitzin, Jones, Plishka

6pm: Ponchielli: La Gioconda
4/20/1957-Cleva; Milanov, Poggi, Rankin, Warren, Siepi

9pm: Gounod: Roméo et Juliette 4/13/1968-Molinari-Pradelli; Gedda, Freni, Macurdy, Baldwin, Reardon

12am: Verdi: Aida
1/7/1989-Levine; Millo, Toczyska, Domingo, Milnes, Plishka

Aprile Millo as Verdi’s Aida

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

6am: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

12/18/1971-Leinsdorf; Thomas, Nilsson, Dooley, Dalis

12am: Verdi: Rigoletto
3/7/1992-Santi; Nucci, Swenson, Leech, White, Rootering

3pm: Handel: Rodelinda
1/1/2005-Bicket; Fleming, Blythe, van Rensburg, Relyea, Daniels

6pm: Rossini: L’Assedio di Corinto 4/19/1975-Schippers; Sills, Verrett, Theyard, Díaz

9pm: Puccini: Tosca
1/4/1997-Badea; Guleghina, Larin, Morris

12am: Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

4/22/2006-Wigglesworth; Relyea, Rost, Mattei, Isokoski, Coote, Muraro

The great Zinka in Gioconda

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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6am: Meyerbeer: Le Prophète
1/29/1977-Lewis; McCracken, Scotto, Horne, Hines

9am: Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
2/23/1985-Järvi; Nucci, Griffel, Raitzin, Jones, Plishka

12pm: Ponchielli: La Gioconda
4/20/1957-Cleva; Milanov, Poggi, Rankin, Warren, Siepi

3pm: Gounod: Roméo et Juliette 4/13/1968-Molinari-Pradelli; Gedda, Freni, Macurdy, Baldwin, Reardon

6pm: Verdi: La Forza del Destino
3/11/2006-Noseda; Voigt, Licitra, Delavan, Ramey, Komlósi, Pons

9pm: Bellini: La Sonnambula
3/30/1963-Varviso; Sutherland, Gedda, Flagello, Scovotti

12am: R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
1/29/2000-Levine; Graham, Fleming, Hawlata, Murphy, Ketelsen

Sutherland as Amina

Thursday, September 15, 2011

6am: Verdi: Rigoletto
3/7/1992-Santi; Nucci, Swenson, Leech, White, Rootering

9am: Handel: Rodelinda
1/1/2005-Bicket; Fleming, Blythe, van Rensburg, Relyea, Daniels

12pm: Rossini: L’Assedio di Corinto

4/19/1975-Schippers; Sills, Verrett, Theyard, Díaz

3pm: Puccini: Tosca
1/4/1997-Badea; Guleghina, Larin, Morris

6:00 PM ET Verdi: Aida
1/7/1989-Levine; Millo, Toczyska, Domingo, Milnes, Plishka

9:00 PM ET Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
12/18/1971-Leinsdorf; Thomas, Nilsson, Dooley, Dalis

Friday, September 16, 2011

6am: R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

1/29/2000-Levine; Graham, Fleming, Hawlata, Murphy, Ketelsen

9:20am: Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
4/22/2006-Wigglesworth; Relyea, Rost, Mattei, Isokoski, Coote, Muraro

12:15pm: Verdi: La Forza del Destino
3/11/2006-Noseda; Voigt, Licitra, Delavan, Ramey, Komlósi, Pons

3:15pm: Bellini: La Sonnambula
3/30/1963-Varviso; Sutherland, Gedda, Flagello, Scovotti

8:00pm: Verdi: Il Trovatore (2010-2011 ENCORE BROADCAST)

4/23/2011-Armiliato; Álvarez, Radvanovsky, Hvorostovsky, Zajick, Kocán

12am: Meyerbeer: Le Prophète
1/29/1977-Lewis; McCracken, Scotto, Horne, Hines

Saturday, September 17, 2011

6am: Handel: Rodelinda

1/1/2005-Bicket; Fleming, Blythe, van Rensburg, Relyea, Daniels

9am: Gounod: Roméo et Juliette 4/13/1968-Molinari-Pradelli; Gedda, Freni, Macurdy, Baldwin, Reardon

12pm: Verdi: Aida
1/7/1989-Levine; Millo, Toczyska, Domingo, Milnes, Plishka

3pm: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

12/18/1971-Leinsdorf; Thomas, Nilsson, Dooley, Dalis

9:00 PM ET Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
2/23/1985-Järvi; Nucci, Griffel, Raitzin, Jones, Plishka

12:00 AM ET Ponchielli: La Gioconda
4/20/1957-Cleva; Milanov, Poggi, Rankin, Warren, Siepi

Sunday, September 18, 2011

6am: Rossini: L’Assedio di Corinto 4/19/1975-Schippers; Sills, Verrett, Theyard, Díaz

9am: Puccini: Tosca
1/4/1997-Badea; Guleghina, Larin, Morris

12pm: Meyerbeer: Le Prophète
1/29/1977-Lewis; McCracken, Scotto, Horne, Hines

3pm: Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
4/22/2006-Wigglesworth; Relyea, Rost, Mattei, Isokoski, Coote, Muraro

6pm: Verdi: Rigoletto
3/7/1992-Santi; Nucci, Swenson, Leech, White, Rootering

9pm: The Met on Record: Wagner: Das Rheingold (1988) Levine; Morris, Ludwig, Jerusalem, Wlaschiha, Moll, Rootering, Zednik

12am: Verdi: La Forza del Destino
3/11/2006-Noseda; Voigt, Licitra, Delavan, Ramey, Komlósi, Pons