Jennifer Larmore

Biography

Born: June 21, 1958; Atlanta, GA  
Jennifer Larmore is an outstanding American mezzo soprano who parlayed operatic success in Europe into international stardom during the 1990s. Known for excelling in the coloratura roles of Rossini and Handel, she has also moved into the early nineteenth century bel canto repertory, as well as the operas of Mozart and Richard Strauss. Especially since 2000, Larmore has been a very active recitalist, and she has recorded widely for the Harmonia Read more Mundi, Teldec, and Deutsche Grammophon labels.

Originally from Atlanta, Larmore studied at the Westminster Choir College, and then privately with John Bullock and Regina Resnik. She made her professional debut at Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West as Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville -- appropriate, considering that Rosina has since become her signature role, one that she has performed more than 500 times. Three years later, a last-minute audition led to a contract at the Nice Opera. There, her vocal talents, energetic acting, and natural beauty quickly established her as an emerging star, and during the next decade she performed dozens of leading roles with major European houses.

In the mid-'90s Larmore returned to the United States, making her Chicago Lyric Opera debut in 1993, winning the prestigious Richard Tucker award in 1994, and debuting as Rosina at the Metropolitan Opera in 1995. Since then she has been a regular attraction at the Met, singing everything from Handel's Giulio Cesare to Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. With her frequent collaborator Antoine Palloc, she has made several international recital tours, including appearances in Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, and London, as well as most major American cities.

Larmore's Giulio Cesare on Harmonia Mundi (with René Jacobs), L'étoile, a collection of French arias, and Call Me Mister, a celebration of mezzo soprano "pants" roles, are notable among her recordings. A particularly unique venture has been her satellite radio program Backstage with Jennifer Larmore, on which she proves herself a witty and insightful interviewer and commentator. Read less

DVD

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  • 1.
    Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso / Spinosi, Lemieux, Larmore, Jaroussky
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 2148 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Veronica Cangemi,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Lorenzo Regazzo,  Ann Hallenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Elements Chamber Choir,  Ensemble Matheus
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    Berg: Lulu / Pappano, Vogt, Larmore, Volle, Eichenholz
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1034 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Jennifer Larmore,  Agneta Eichenholz,  Michael Volle,  Klaus Florian Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri / Larmore, Ford, Alaimo
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107127 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Anthony Smith,  Simone Alaimo,  Maria José Trullu,  Jeannette Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Campanella
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra,  Paris National Opera Chorus
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    Rossini: Barber Of Seville  / Zedda, Larmore, Croft
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2087 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Renato Capecchi,  Jennifer Larmore,  Simone Alaimo,  Richard Croft  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Zedda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
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