AIDA – The First Wave

by Suzanne Calvin

The first reviews are out, regarding the Dallas Opera’s spectacular season opener: Verdi’s AIDA with soprano Latonia Moore in the title role.

Wayne Lee Gay of D Magazine’s “FrontRow” blog wrote that Miss Moore “simply astounded with a voice that was equally powerful--and clearly capable of subtle effect--from top to bottom.” Read more of Wayne’s glowing review right here.

Over at “Theater Jones,” critic Gregory Sullivan Isaacs called Moore’s performance Friday evening “transcendent. All of the red carpet folderol that accompanies the opening of the opera season pales with the memory of her performance. Read Gregory’s review right here.

And at “Everyday Opera,” critic David Weuste wrote “Aida is full of fantastic music; from soaring arias, to raucous, dramatic choruses, it’s got a bit of everything, and the Dallas audience was treated to some absolutely fantastic performances. We can’t begin without starting with the orchestra. Verdi uses the orchestra in so many ways, it’s can be overwhelming. The Dallas Opera musicians performed swimmingly whether they were playing sweeping preludes, grandiose fanfares, ballet music, or isolated solos like oboist Rogene Russell (the oboe is as much of a soloist and star as any of the singers in this opera) — and they were on top of it all.”  Read David’s review here…and there will be more to come, of course.

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(Photo courtesy of Karen Almond, Dallas Opera)

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