Emory Report

 November 17, 1997

 Volume 50, No. 13

Mezzo-soprano makes Atlanta
recital debut at Emory

Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano and Atlanta native Jennifer Larmore will make her local recital debut at Glenn Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 21, at 8:15 p.m. as part of the Flora Glenn Candler International Artists series.

Larmore was seen worldwide performing the Olympic hymn during closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games and gave two performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection") during the Olympics with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. But she has never performed a recital concert in her native city. Teldec Classics released a CD, Born in Atlanta, celebrating Larmore's Olympic performances.

The recipient of many international awards, including the 1994 Richard Tucker Award, Larmore has garnered rave reviews and is in demand at opera houses and festivals around the world. "Her performance lived up to her billing in every respect. Her stage presence was as charming as her vocal production was gorgeous," The New York Times said.

During the 1997-98 season, Larmore will perform a national recital tour and star in the Metropolitan Opera's The Tales of Hoffman and their new production of Rossini's La Cenerentola, both of which will be internationally broadcast.

Larmore's Emory program will include several pieces from her newly released collection of American songs on Teldec, My Native Land. The program selections include works by Copland, Niles, Ives and Hundley. Previous Teldec recordings by Larmore include The Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola, Hänsel und Gretel, Stravinsky's Pulcinella, El Amor Brujo, the Duruflé requiem, Carmen, Gluck's Orphée, and her best-selling recording of Handel and Mozart arias, Where Shall I Fly, both of which received 1997 Grammy Award nominations. In addition to Born in Atlanta, a CD was released last year titled Call Me Mister, comprised entirely of trouser arias from operas by Gluck, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Meyerbeer, Gounod, Tchaikovsky and Johann Strauss.

-Deb Hammacher

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