Good news with “Moore” to come

I had been thrilled by this very young lady many times in performance. A truly fabulous “Faust” at AVA conducted by the great master, Chris Macatsoris, with a last act trio close to God.

Next there was a recital I heard her give in Weil Hall, that was just ravishing. She then stole the show in her NYCO debut as Micaela in Carmen.

When you hear a throat like her, wed to a really inquisitive mind and sense of “god”, frankly, no other way to say it, you sit back and prepare to enjoy.

I get this with Stephen Costello, and with Ailyn Perez, soon to explode on the scene, and at the “Lakme”- the limpid richness of Eglise Gutierrez, and with this lovely voiced- first rate singer, Latonia Moore.

This is the younger guard, the new suns rising, and they promise, with their wonderful talents to keep us all warm. Bill Schuman, the vocal wizard of Philadelphia and New York, really knows how to bring these young talents safely along. His studio is full of really great young voices, thank goodness!!! All of us who love music, opera especially, pray for it’s very life, they are inspirational.

Marcello Giordani was the golden tenor of the night and he was/is really incredible.

This performance of “Edgar”- with Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York, a few nights back proved a stunning night of success for him, with his children making their daddy proud by singing in the children’s chorus.

Proud Babbo almost didn’t make it back for his entrance, as he wanted to see his second generation Giordani’s make their stage debuts. From the house!!! What a lovable, amazing talent he is. Bravo, dear Marcello.

Eve Queler adds another young find to her stunning list of discoveries. Brava, Eve.

Latonia, “little sis”, God bless and keep you fiercely protective and immensely proud of the great gift God has given you.

Enjoy and cloak yourself in the majesty of music always, and enjoy especially this great moment of worthy success, of which I am sure in the knowledge and the prayer, with God’s help, there will be much, much “Moore” to come.


Marcello Giordani on stage Carnegie Hall with the wonderful Jennifer Larimore.

Mr. Steve Smith of the New York Times wrote:

“…… Ms. Queler and her performers demonstrated why the work remains worth exhuming now and then. With his passionate delivery and solid, ringing high notes, the tenor Marcello Giordani invested the title role with a nobility its creator failed to provide. Latonia Moore, an impressive young soprano, earned the evening’s most thunderous response with her radiant, elegantly shaded performance as Fidelia.

and from the New York Sun, Jay Nordlinger

“Singing this role was Marcello Giordani, the Italian tenor who has just wrapped up a run of Verdi’s “Ernani” at the Met. In “Edgar,” he was everything he is touted as: virile, bold, and very Italianate. He was a tenorial athlete. He can put a sob in his voice, a song in his heart — all of it…. he proved the real McCoy — a real Italian tenor.

In the part of Fidelia, the good girl (as the name will tell you), was Latonia Moore. She is the young, immensely likable soprano from Houston. She showed her big, fat lyrical voice — a voice with plenty of cutting power, too. At one point, she soared splendidly through her four cast mates, the orchestra, and the large chorus behind the orchestra…… Ms. Moore sang with due emotion and vocal glory.”

This Youtube clip is from 2005, the aria from Puccini’s “Edgar” in which she just shines……enjoy.

~ by aprilemillo on April 15, 2008.

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