Friday, March 2, 2012

The stuff operatic dreams are made of - Ritorna vincitor!

soprano, Latonia Moore
This is the stuff operatic dreams are made of.

So, you may have seen that the incomparable Sondra Radvanovsky was a last minute replacement in the Met's Aida this last Tuesday night - replacing an ill Violeta Urmana. It was Radvanovsky's first Aida at the Met. She sang the Verdi masterpiece for the first time at Toronto's Canadian Opera Company in October 2010 and repeated the role in January and in early February at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

There was quite a bit of discussion in the blogosphere regarding this upcoming Saturday's performance - as it will be broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network and on Metropolitan Opera Radio on Sirius XM.

Would Urmana be well enough to go on? Would Radvanovsky have to do it?

Well, we found out this morning that neither soprano will be singing the role of the Egyptian slave this Saturday. Soprano Latonia Moore will make her Met debut as Verdi’s Aida in the March 3 matinee performance.

Moore was a winner of the Met’s National Council Auditions in 2000. She sang Aida last season at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Hamburg State Opera. In recent seasons, she has sung Lucrezia in Verdi’s I Due Foscari at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste and the Bilbao Opera; the title role in Floyd’s Susannah and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at the Bilbao Opera; the title role in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera at Hamburg State Opera; Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello at Charlotte Opera; and Liù in Puccini’s Turandot at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

How's this for a Met debut? Conducted by Marco Armiliato, Aida also stars Stephanie Blythe as Amneris, Marcello Giordani as Radamès, Lado Ataneli as Amonasro, James Morris as Ramfis, and Jordan Bisch as the King. AND, it's being broadcast live on the radio network...

Ritorna vincitor, Ms. Moore.

For an audio preview of Ms. Moore, click here.

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