Jennifer Larmore is an outstanding American mezzo-soprano, well known for her versatility, natural beauty and stage craft. This artist has a wide ranging repertoire, having begun with the coloratura roles of the Baroque and bel canto then adding music from the Romantic and Contemporary periods.
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.
Jennifer Larmore has recorded widely 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.
Her DVD's include "Jennifer Larmore in Performance" for VAI, " Il Barbiere di Siviglia"(Netherlands Opera), "L'Italiana in Algeri" (Opera de Paris), La Belle Hélène (The Hamburg Opera), "Orlando Furioso" (Opera de Paris) and Jenufa (Deutsche Oper Berlin). She has recorded a charming book on tape by Kim Maerkl entitled "Mozart's Magical Night" with Hélène Grimaud and the Bavarian State Orchestra.
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, Sao Paolo, Athens and Copenhagen, as well as all the major American venues.
Symphonic repertoire plays a large role in this mezzo’s career with the works of Mahler, Schoenberg, Mozart, de Falla, Debussy, Berlioz and Barber featuring prominently. Miss Larmore has enjoyed great collaborations with world orchestras under the direction of Muti, Lopez-Cobos, Bernstein, Runnicles, Sinopoli, Masur, von Dochnanyi, Jacobs, Mackarras, Spinosi, Abbado, Barenboim, Bonynge, Maazel , Osawa and Hengelbrock.
Jennifer’s repertoire has expanded to include new roles such as the “Countess Geschwitz” in Berg's Lulu which she debuted to great success at Covent Garden in the Christof Loy production with Tony Pappano, then again in Madrid,Paris Opera Bastille and the Netherlands Opera; Kostelnička Buryjovka in Janacek's Jenufa with Donald Runnicles at Berlin Deutsche Oper and in Tokyo; “Lady Macbeth” in Verdi’s opera MACBETH, a role she debuted in a striking new production of Christoph Loy at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and subsequently in Bologna for the opening of the season in a new Robert Wilson production; “Eboli” in the French version of Don Carlos at the Caramoor Music Festival in New York with Will Crutchfield; “Jocasta” in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex at the Bard Festival, "Mère Marie in Poulenc's the Les dialogues des Carmélites again at the Caramoor Festival and Hélène in Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène at the Hamburg State Opera. At Theater an der Wien she went back to her roots and sang the role of "Poppea" in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea. She debuted for the first time the role of "Elvira" in Don Giovanni also at the Theatre an der Wien and will also debut the role of "Marie" in Wozzeck at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Miss Larmore, in collaboration with the double bass player Davide Vittone has created an ensemble called Jennifer Larmore and OpusFive. The three programs they offer are entertaining and varied with Songs and Arias, Cabaret/Operetta and Movies and Broadway which feature string quintet and voice. They have given concerts in Seville, Pamploma, Valencia, Las Palmas, Venice, Amiens, Olten, Aix en Provence, Dublin and Paris.
In 2002, “Madame” Larmore was awarded the Chevalier des arts et des lettres from the French government in recognition of her contributions to the world of music.
In addition to her many activities, travels, performances, master classes and causes, author Jennifer Larmore is working on books that will bring a wider public to the love of opera! Her first book "Una Voce" was released in 2016!