Lawrence Zazzo

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Born in Philadelphia, American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo studied English literature at Yale University and music at King's College, Cambridge, before taking up vocal studies at the Royal College of Music, London. Known particularly for his dramatic performances of heroic roles in Handel opera (Giulio Cesare, Radamisto, Serse, Rinaldo, Agrippina), his stage repertoire also includes works by composers as diverse as Monteverdi (L'Incoronazione di Poppea), Cavalli (La Calisto, Giasone, Eliogabalo), Scarlatti (Griselda), Gluck (Orfeo ed Euridice), Mozart (Mitridate), Britten (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Liebermann (Medea), Thomas Adès (The Tempest), Peter Eötvös (Three Sisters) and Jonathan Dove (Flight). He regularly appears in the world's foremost opera houses and festivals including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Monnaie, Netherlands Opera, Theater an der Wien, English National Opera, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin Staatsoper, Glyndebourne, Innsbruck, Vienna, Santa Fè and Edinburgh.

He collaborates frequently with the conductors René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, Emmanuelle Haim, Peter Eotvos, William Christie, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Trevor Pinnock , John Nelson, Christopher Hogwood, Paul Goodwin and Harry Bicket, and outside of his operatic appearances performs regularly in major concert and recital venues including the Konzerthaus Wien, Berlin's Philharmonie, Styriarte Graz, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Beaune and the Wigmore Hall. His recordings include Rinaldo, Messiah, Griselda and Saul for Harmonia Mundi; Giulio Cesare, Serse, Fernando for Virgin Classics, Partenope for Chandos, Deborah for Naxos, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater for Columns Classics, Riccardo Primo and Duetti Amorosi for Sony BMG, as well as Byrdland, the viol consort music of William Byrd and Dowland with the Paragon Saxophone Quartet for Landor Records. This is his first recording with Evil Penguin Records.

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