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Jennifer Larmore

Jennifer Larmore (born June 21, 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer, noted for coloratura and bel canto.


Jennifer Larmore is well known for her versatility, natural beauty and stage craft. She has a wide-ranging repertoire, having excelled in the beginning of her career with coloratura roles of the Baroque and Bel canto,and then evolving into a consummate singing/actress who has branched into music from the Romantic and Contemporary periods, adding such roles as "Lady Macbeth' in Verdi's Macbeth as well as "Eboli" in Don Carlos, "Kostelnicka' in Janáček's Jenufa, the Cherubini "Medea","Mere Marie" in Poulenc's Diologue of the Carmelites and the "Countess Geschwitz" in Berg's Lulu. .

She began her career at Opera de Nice in 1986 with Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and went on to sing  at virtually every major opera house in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Paris Opera, Berlin Deutsche Oper, and London Covent Garden. 

Grammy winner Jennifer Larmore has recorded for the Teldec, RCA, Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Arabesque, Opera Rara, Bayer, Naive, Chandos, VAI and Cedille labels in over one hundred CDs to date.

With her frequent collaborator Antoine Palloc, she has made many International recital tours, including appearances in Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Vietnam, Vienna, London, San Juan, Prague, Melbourne, Brussels, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, São Paulo, Athens and Copenhagen, as well as all the major American venues.   Symphonic repertoire plays a large role in her career with the works of Mahler, Schoenberg, Mozart, de Falla, Debussy, Berlioz and Barber featuring prominently. Larmore has enjoyed successful collaborations with world orchestras under the direction of Muti, Lopez-Cobos, Bernstein, Runnicles, Sinopoli, Masur, von Dohnanyi, Jacobs, Mackerras, Spinosi, Guidarini, Kalmar, Rudel, Barenboim, Queler, Bonynge, Maazel, Ozawa and Hengelbrock.   Jennifer Larmore's recent schedule took her to the Théatre des Champs-Élysées, London’s Barbican Hall, Venice, Budapest and Paris Opera Bastille as Alcina in Vivaldi’s "Orlando Furioso" with Jean-Christophe Spinosi; to Paris’ Opera Bastille for the Countess Geschwitz in Berg's "Lulu" which she debuted in June 2009  to great success at Covent Garden in the Christof Loy production with Antonio Pappano; to Brussels La Monnaie as Dulcinée in Massenet's "Don Quichotte" with Marc Minkowski;  to Berlin Deutsche Oper for Kostelnichka in Janáček's "Jenufa" with Donald Runnicles; to Washington Concert Opera for Charlotte in "Werther" by Massenet; to Geneva for the role of Lady Macbeth in a new Christof Loy production of Verdi’s opera "Macbeth." 

Her upcoming schedule takes her back to Berlin Deutsche Oper for Kostelnichka in Janáček's "Jenufa" with Donald Runnicles to be recorded for DVD; to the Hamburg Opera in the title role of "La Belle Helene'; To Geneva Opera for the title role of Cherubini's "Medea" in a new Christof Loy production; She will reprise the role of "Gertrude" in Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet -- which she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera, this time at La Monnaie, Brussels; Larmore goes to the Caramoor Festival for her debut as Mere Marie in "The Dialogue of the Carmelites"; She recently sang her first "Eboli' in the French version of Verdi's Don Carlos" at Caramoor to great success. With conductor Fabien Gabel, she will sing the Wesendonk-Lieder at the Festival Berlioz in Saint cote-Andre, France, and Ravel's Sheherezade and the Berg Seven Early Songs in Quebec with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.

Larmore, in collaboration with the double bass player Davide Vittone, has created a new ensemble called Jennifer Larmore and OpusFive. The three programs they offer include Songs and Arias, Cabaret/Operetta and Movies and Broadway which feature a string quintet and voice. They give concerts all over Europe, including in Seville, Pamplona, Valencia, Las Palmas, Venice, Amiens, Aix-en-Provence and Paris.   In addition to her many activities, travels, performances and causes, Jennifer Larmore is working on books that she intends to bring a wider public to the love of opera.


Larmore attended Westminster Choir College in New Jersey and trained with John Bullock and Regina Resnik. She made her professional debut in 1986, at Opéra de Nice in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito. In 1988, she sang Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville (Jérôme Savary production in Strasbourg) She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Romeo (Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi) in 1994 and her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1995. She appeared as Gertrude in the Met's Hamlet in 2010. In 2012, she began to add some more dramatic roles to her versatile repertoire singing "Lady Macbeth" in Verdi's Macbeth at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and "Kostelnicka" in Janacek's Jenufa at the Deutsche Oper -- both new productions of Christof Loy. In 2013, Larmore will sing "Lady Macbeth" again to celebrate Verdi and his music at the Teatro Communale in Bologna and in Reggio Emilia. Also, in 2013, Miss Larmore will star in the World Premiere of The Fall of Fukuyama, a new opera by Gregoire Hetwel and Camille de Toledo in Paris at Salle Pleyel. In 2014, she will repeat her role as "Kostelnicka" in Jenufa at the Deutsche Oper which will be recorded for DVD.

Larmore has won the Richard Tucker Award and a Grammophon Best Baroque Opera award for singing Giulio Cesare on Harmonia Mundi. She has had eight Grammy Award nominations and sang at the 1996 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Atlanta. Larmore also hosted a satellite radio show for two years called Backstage with Jennifer Larmore. She received knighthood (Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) from the French Government in 2002.


1986: European debut in Nice, France in Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO 1987: Debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as "Isabella" in Rossini's THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS 1990: Emory University Recital debut in Atlanta. 1992: Receives the GRAMMOPHON award for Best Opera Recording of GIULIO CESARE in the title role. 1992: Debut at La Scala as “Isolier” in Rossini’s LE COMTE ORY 1993: Debut at Salzburg Festival as "Dorabella" in Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE with Solveij Kringleborn, July 29 Premiere 1993: Debut in Bologna as “Ottavia” in Poppea. 1993: Debut as “Rosina” in Barber at Covent Garden, London. 1993: Won Grammy for Best Baroque Opera-CESARE, Feb. 1993: Wigmore Hall Recital, March 1993: Barcelona ORFEO, May. 1993: El Amor Brujo and Duruflé Requiem recordings, Berlin, June. 1993: Geneva Cenerentola,Nov. 1993: Berlin Deutshe Oper L’Italiana, Nov. 1994: Carnegie Hall debut as "Romeo"in Bellini's I CAPULETTI ED I MONTECHHI (The Capulets and the Montagues) with OONY, Queler. 1994: Signed the first of two exclusive recording contracts with Teldec Classics. 1994: Won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award for Young Opera Singers. 1995: Debut at the Metropolitan Opera on Feb.9 as "Rosina" in Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE 1996: Sang the Olympic Hymn at the Closing Ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympics seen by the world over. 1998: Debut at Vienna Staastoper with “Rosina” in Barber of Seville 2000: "Gwenevere" at the Hollywood Bowl with actor Patrick Stewart as "King Arthur" and Rod Gilfrey as “Lancelot”; John Mauceri conducting. 2001: Australian Symphonic Debut in Melbourne. 2003: Awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Letrres by the French Government for her contribution to the world of opera. 2004: The  honored guest soloist in Washington, DC at the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the landing on the Moon by the Apollo 11. 2008: ROYAL MEZZO CD is released from Cedille Records; 4 big blockbuster works of Berlioz, Barber, Britten and Ravel. 2009: July 25: Jennifer Larmore and OpusFive is born-Mezzo and string Quintet created by Davide Vittone and Jennifer Larmore. 2009: March 9: Received a commendation from Governor of GA. for her contribution to music and GRAMMY win. 2009: Debut in Moscow with arias and orchestra. 2010: "Gertrude" at the Metropolitan in her first  HD movie broadcast 2010: Concerts in Rio and Sao Paolo with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileria 2010: Sept. 11 - Induction into the GA. Music Hall of Fame. 2011: Orlando Furioso at Théatre des Champs-Elysées 2011: Dec.11/12: Poeme de l’amour et de la mer with Hamburg Symphony 2012: March: JENUFA- Debut as “Kostelnicka” with Deutsche Oper in a new production of Christof Loy; Runnicles conducting. 2012: March: Paris: Salle Pleyel CONCERT with OpusFive. 2012: June: MACBETH- Debut as “Lady Macbeth” with Grand Theatre de Geneve in a Christof Loy production: Ingo Metzmacher conducting. 2012: Oct: Zurich: Britten’s PHAEDRA with Zurich Kammerorchester. 2012: Oct: La Coruna: Concerts of LA MORT DE CLEOPATRA. 2012: Oct: Strasbourg: RECITAL. 2012: Nov: Dublin: CONCERT with OpusFive. 2012: Dec: Karlsruhe: CARMEN. 2012: Dec: Beijing CONCERTS with orchestra. 2013: Mar: Paris: World Premiere at Salle Pleyel of La Chute de Fukuyama. 2013: April: Paris: RECITAL at Musée D’Orsay 2013: April: Tokyo: STABAT MATER of Rossini. 2013: Aug: Side, Turkey: Opening of Festival with OpusFive. 2013: Sept. Québec: CONCERTS with Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. 2013: Oct: Moscow: CARMEN 2013: Nov-Dec: Brussels: HAMLET 2014: Mar: Berlin: JENUFA


In addition to Il barbiere di Siviglia, Larmore has recorded leading roles in Carmen, Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, La Cenerentola, L'italiana in Algeri, Bianca e Falliero, Giulio Cesare, La Sofonisba, "Orphée et Eurydice", "Orphée", "Zanetto","Hansel and Gretel", "Bianca e Falliero" and I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

She has also appeared in supporting roles in "l'Incoronazione di Poppea,Maria Stuarda, Francesca di Foix, Elvida, Adelaide di Borgogna,"Alessandro nell'Indie", "Il Signor Bruschino',"Semiramide", "Vert-Vert", " "Rigoletto", "Carlo di Borgogne", and Alessandro nelle Indie.

Her solo CDs are "Where Shall I Fly", "Born in Atlanta", "Jennifer Larmore, A Portrait", "Call Me Mister", "Amore Per Rossini", "Rossini Songs", "Royal Mezzo","Jennifer Larmore, Great Operatic Arias", "Bravura Diva", and "My Native Land".

Compilations: Vocal Teamwork, Il Sogno Talor, Tyrants and Lovers, Duets To Die For, The Crusel Madness of Love, Meyerbeer and His World, Like a Woman Scorned, Notturno, La Rimembranza, Mad About Italian Opera, Mad About Cartoons, History of Baroque, Pathways of Baroque Music, Opera Baroque, The Yellow Guide Opera, DIVA-30 Grezt Prima Donnas, Puccini Heroines-The Power of Love, The Faces of Love, Ballets, ARIAS.

Sacred: Duruflé Requiem; Mozart C Minor Mass.

Secular: Gurrelieder, El Amor Brujo, Nights in Spain.

DVD: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L'Italiana in Algeri, Jennifer Larmore in Recital.

External links

  • Biography
  • Official site
  • OperaNet interview

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