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Lawrence Zazzo

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Biography

Lawrence Zazzo is one of an outstanding generation of countertenors that came to prominence in the first decade of the 21st century. Born in Philadelphia and educated at Yale University and King's College Cambridge, he has excelled in a variety of operas and oratorios, primarily from Baroque and Contemporary repertoire. He has established a substantial international reputation and has worked with some of the most distinguished conductors of his generation, including William Christie, René Jacobs, Christopher Hogwood, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He made his premiere while he was a student at the Royal College of Music, London as Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, a role with which he has continued to be associated throughout his career. Other works that he has sung with regularity include Giulio Cesare (including performances in two different roles at the Metropolitan Opera in 2007), Rinaldo, Agrippina, Serse, L'incoronazione di Poppea, La Calisto, and Eötvös' Three Sisters. He is also committed to contemporary work and besides the Eötvös, has sung Sciarrino's "Luci mie tradici," Liebermann's Medea, several operas by Jonathan Dove, and the world premiere of Adès' The Tempest. The English National Opera, Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, Théâtre de la Monnaie, the Frankfurt Opera, and the Vienna State Opera are among the companies with which he has performed leading roles. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2011 with a recital of modern American songs. His recordings have primarily reflected his work in Baroque repertoire and include Handel's Deborah, Rinaldo, Serse, Partenope, Saul, Messiah, Riccardo Primo, Athalia, and Fernando; Scarlatti's Griselda; Pergolesi's Stabat Mater; and Lunarcy, a 2011 solo recital of lute songs about madness from a variety of eras.

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