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Latana Phoung

Mezzo soprano

Born in Paris to Algerian and Chinese parents the mezzo-soprano Latana Phoung graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Prof Laura Sarti and completed the intensive course with the National Opera Studio. As a scholar she was also awarded a Master's degree in Art History with distinctions from Sorbonne University/ Freie Universität. She performed at the age of nine with the Maîtrise de Radio France as a soloist and chorister. She worked with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano in Théâtre des Champs Elisées, Salle Pleyel and Radio France and recorded as a soloist Jean Thibaudeau's Souvenirs de Guerre which received a mentioning at the Italia Prize in 1998.

Latana performed very quickly major mezzo-soprano roles like Gluck's Orpheus, Maddalena, Brigitte by Franz Curti (Opera Studio of Geneva, Tour 2010-2012), Carmen (Questor's Theatre, London), Marcellina (Actor's Church, London), Cherubino and the Sorceress. She also sung for Longborough Festival (Don Giovanni), Pavilion Opera (Gianetta and Notario/Carlotta), Opera Machine (Suzuki, Soho Theatre, London / Bird Theatre, Japan), Opera Baugé (Cio-Cio San's mother, Rose Theatre, Kingston) recently she made her debut at Waterford Royal Theatre and Wexford Opera House with the Invaders by Eric Sweeney.

An experienced early music performer, Latana sung the solo part in Lully's Idylle sur Paix (Christian Curnyn), Spanish baroque songs (Madrid Barroco Orchestra), Monteverdi's Eight Book of Madrigals (Michel Laplénie). She regularly performs with Loki Music, Follia Ensemble and Eralys Fernandez.

She is delighted to sing Zulma in L'Italiana in Algeri for Pop Up Opera.