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Latonia steals the show in ENO’s new production of Verdi’s Aida

05 October, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Latonia Moore sings the title role of Aida. PHOTO: Tristram Kenton

American soprano Latonia Moore is quite outstanding singing the title role in English National Opera’s new production of Verdi’s Aida.

She sings with clarity, strength and emotion, leaving enough in reserve to excel in her final duet with Gwyn Hughes Jones’ Radames as they await death in their sealed-up tomb.

Her performance steals the show in a so-so production directed by Phelim McDermott that can’t decide whether to have a laugh about the Egyptian storyline or to take the opera seriously.

Massed choral ranks sing magnificently but they’re kitted out in all fashion of hats, some resembling Italian policemen in Mussolini’s time. Poor Michelle De Young, singing Amneris in love with Radames, is got up to look like a billowing papier-mâché doll. And so on.

• Verdi’s Aida is at the Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, WC2, until December 2. 020 7845 9300, www.eno.org

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