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Jennifer Larmore is an outstanding American mezzo soprano who has parlayed operatic success in Europe into international stardom . Known for excelling in the coloratura roles ofthe Baroque and bel canto, she has also added Romantic and Contemporaryrepertoire. Since the beginning of her career, Jennifer Larmore hasrecorded widely for the Teldec, RCA, Harmonia Mundi, DeutschGrammophon, Arabesque, Opera Rara, Bayer, Naive, Chandos, VAI andCedille labels in over seventy CDs to date, which has earned her thedistinction of being the most recorded mezzo of all time. Her newest CD--ROYAL MEZZO -- featuring Berlioz, Barber, Britten and Ravel  wasreleased on June 10, 2008 from  Cedille Records.

Originally from Atlanta, Larmore studied at theWestminster Choir College of Princeton, New Jersey and then privatelywith John Bullock and Regina Resnik. She made her professional debut inthe l’Opera de Nice production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in 1986. During the same period, Jennifer sang her first Rosina from the Barber of Seville in the Savary production of Strasbourg -- appropriate, considering that Rosina hassince become her signature role…one that she has performed more thanfive hundred times! Her vocal talents, energetic acting, and naturalbeauty quickly established her as an emerging star and during the nextdecade she performed dozens of leading roles with major European housesto include the prestigious theaters of Paris, Vienna, London,Edinburgh, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Brussels,Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan, Buenos Aires and Salzburg.

In 1994 Larmore returned to the United States in a triumphant Carnegie Hall appearance as Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuletti e I Montecchi. This success was followed by winning the prestigious Richard Tucker award that same year, and a debut as Rosina at the Metropolitan Opera in 1995. Since then, she has been a regular attraction at the Met, singing a wide range from Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Rossini’s, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola and l’Italiana in Algeri, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, to the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy, and the upcoming Hamlet of Thomas.

With her frequent collaborator Antoine Palloc,she has made several International recital tours, including appearancesin Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Vienna, London,San Juan, Prague, Melbourne, Brussels, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon,Sao Paolo, Athens and Copenhagen, as well as all the major Americanvenues.

Symphonic repertoire plays a large role in thismezzo’s career with the works of Mahler, Schoenberg, Mozart, de Falla,Debussy, Berlioz and Barber featuring prominently. World orchestrasunder the direction of Muti, Lopez-Cobos, Bernstein, Runnicles,Sinopoli, Masur, von Dochnanyi, Jacobs, Mackarras, Spinosi, Guidarini,Kalmar, Rudel, Barenboim, Queler, Bonynge, Maazel , Osawa and manyothers have fallen under Miss Larmore’s spell.

Jennifer Larmore’s Giulio Cesare on Harmonia Mundi received the Grammophon Award for Best Baroque Opera of the year. Among her seven Grammy nominations, titles include L’Etoile, a collection of French opera arias; Call Me Mister, a celebration of mezzo - soprano trouser roles; Amore per Rossini, a trove of Rossini rarities…some never before recorded; My Native Land, a gathering of songs by American composers; Where Shall I Fly, featuring Handel and Mozart arias; Bravura Diva, a marvelous collection of rare bel canto masterworks; . Jennifer Larmore in Performance, a companion CD to the popular DVD from Video Artists International (VAI); Jennifer Larmore, A Portrait, a collection of early works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods; Born In Atlanta,a CD of varied operatic and concert selections released to commemorateMiss Larmore’s appearance at the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 AtlantaOlympic games. Among the dozens of full operatic recordings are thetitle roles of Carmen, Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra, La Cenerentola, L’Italiana in Algeri, Bianca e Falliero, Orphée, Giulio Cesare, Sofanisba and I Capulet e I Montechhi.

In 2004, Jennifer Larmore was the honored guest soloist in Washington, DC at the 35thAnniversary Celebration of the landing on the Moon by the Apollo 11astronauts. A particularly unique venture has been her satellite radioprogram, Backstage With Jennifer Larmore on which she hasproven herself a witty and insightful interviewer and commentator. Inaddition to her hosting many international airline Classical Listeningprograms, Miss Larmore is widely sought after to give Master Classes inprestigious national and international venues. She has appeared innumerous publications including, VOGUE, DOG FANCY with her miniatureschnauzer Sophie, OPERA NEWS, the English OPERA, the French OPERAINTERNATIONAL. the German VOGUE and MAX, as well on a variety oftelevision programs around the world including, Good Morning America, Breakfast With the Arts, the Classical Arts Showcase, the German Klassich, the French Jacques Martin and A cote du Chez Fred, as well as Musique au coeur; And for the UPN Network, The 30th Anniversary STAR TREK Celebration.

In 2002, Madame Larmore was endowed with Knighthood by the French Government carrying the title Chevalier des arts et des lettres in recognition of her contributions to the world of music.

In humanitarian efforts, Miss Larmore’s charityof choice has been the American Fund for UNICEF. Her focus is to raiseawareness of the plight of under privileged children and she oftenspeaks and sings in this worthy cause. In addition to her manyactivities, travels, performances and causes, author Jennifer Larmoreis working on books that will bring a wider public to the love of opera!

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jlmezzo - 3 Sep 2009
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