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Jennifer Larmore

mezzo-soprano

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 of the Baroque and bel canto, she may be heard on the major recording labels on over seventy CDs to date, which has earned her the distinction of being the most recorded mezzo-soprano of all time. Following her European debut in 1986, her vocal talents, energetic acting and natural beauty quickly established her as an emerging star, and the next years found her performing leading roles in the prestigious theaters of Paris, Vienna, Prague, London, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Lisbon, Brussels, Geneva, Amsterdam, Milan, Tokyo, Melbourne, Seoul, Buenos Aires, and Salzburg. In 1994, Larmore returned to the United States in a triumphant Carnegie Hall appearance. This success was followed by the coveted Richard Tucker Award and her subsequent debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Since then, she has been a regular attraction at the Met, singing a wide range of roles in works ranging from Handel’s Giulio Cesare to the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. Larmore was the honored vocalist selected to close the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games with the singing of the Olympic Hymn. In 2002, Dr. Larmore (conferred by Westminster College of Princeton) was knighted by the French government with the title Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres in recognition of her contribution to the world of French music.

Jennifer Larmore

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