From: Houston, Texas. LA Opera: virtual company debut with an online Living Room Recital (2020).
Praised as “richly talented” by the New York Times, the 2020/21 season sees American soprano Latonia Moore return to the Metropolitan Opera to star as Sister Rose in Ivo van Hove’s new production of Dead Man Walking, which will be broadcast as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. Ms. Moore was also scheduled to star as the title role in Michael Mayer’s new production of Aida, conducted by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, which was also to be broadcast to cinemas around the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, but was cancelled due to COVID-19. Ms. Moore will also make her role debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as Musetta in La Bohème, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Ms. Moore returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2019/20 season to sing Serena in a new production of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess which was broadcast as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, and which the New York Times noted she “stopped the show...from almost vibrato-less, celestial high stretches to chilling, chesty low phrases, all of which she sang grippingly.” Ms. Moore also sang the title role in Tosca with Opéra de Rouen Normandie Théâtre des Arts, and was scheduled to sing the same production with Théâtre de Caen which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Ms. Moore was also scheduled to sing Serena in Francesca Zambello’s production of Porgy and Bess in a return to Washington National Opera, conducted by music director Evan Rogister, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Orchestral appearances included an appearance as a featured soloist in the Metropolitan Opera’s memorial service for Jessye Norman, as well as her Brazilian debut with Mozarteum Brasileiro, conducted by Constantine Orbelian, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Ms. Moore also appeared in recital with bass baritone Ryan Speedo Green with the George London Foundation at the Morgan Library.
Ms. Moore has received global acclaim for her interpretation of the title role in Aida, of which the New York Times said “her voice was radiant, plush and sizeable at its best, with gleaming top notes that broke through the chorus and orchestra during the crowd scenes.” Houses where she has sung the role of Aida include the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opernhaus Zürich, Opera Australia, Teatro Colón, English National Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo, Dubai Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Detroit Opera, Polish National Opera, and at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Conlon.
Additional operatic highlights include appearances as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera, Liù in Turandot at Royal Opera Covent Garden, the title role in Tosca and Elisabeth in Don Carlo with Opera Australia, the title role in Tosca with Washington National Opera, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly and Mimi in La Bohème with Semperoper Dresden, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly at the Hamburg State Opera, Micaëla in Carmen, Liù in Turandot, Elvira in Ernani, and Lucrezia in The Two Foscari in Bilbao, Desdemona in Otello at Bergen National Opera, Serena in Porgy and Bess at both English National Opera and De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, and an appearance on the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Metropolitan Opera.
Orchestral highlights include the role of Lady Macbeth in a recording of Macbeth with Edward Gardner for Chandos, Mahler’s Symphony No 2 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gilbert Kaplan for Deutsche Grammpohon, Vivetta in L’Arlesiana and Dielia in Edgar with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, and Bess in Porgy and Bess with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Honors and awards include the Maria Callas Award from Dallas Opera, a Richard Tucker Foundation grant, first prize in the Marseilles Competition, and first prize in the International Competition dell’Opera in Dresden. Ms. Moore is a native of Houston, Texas, and currently resides in Miami, Florida.