International opera star Jennifer Larmore returns for artist residency at Kennesaw State

International opera sensation‚ and Marietta native‚ Jennifer Larmore will serve as an artist−…

Georgia (Jan 11, 2008) — International opera star Jennifer Larmore returns for artist residency at Kennesaw State

Cheryl Anderson Brown

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Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ Assistant Director of Public Relations for the College of the Arts‚ 770−499−3417 or cbrown@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 11‚ 2008) — International opera sensation‚ and Marietta native‚ Jennifer Larmore will serve as an artist−in−residence this semester in the Department of Music at Kennesaw State University. She will be at the university teaching lessons and offering master classes Jan. 13 through Jan. 15 and again April 22 through April 24.

During her January visit‚ Larmore will teach voice lessons for KSU music majors on Sunday and Tuesday. She will also offer a master class at 2 p.m. on Monday‚ Jan. 14 in the concert hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. On Tuesday‚ Jan. 15‚ she will offer a question−and−answer session at 1 p.m. in the same location. The master class and the Q&A session are free and open to the public. More details about her April visit are forthcoming.

Larmore‚ whose family still lives in Cobb County‚ made her operatic debut in 1986 as Sesto in Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito” in France‚ marking the start of a brilliant international career in which operas of Rossini‚ Bellini‚ Mozart and Handel have come to figure prominently. After a decade in Europe‚ she returned to the states for her Metropolitan Opera debut as Rosina in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” in 1995.

Larmore has performed with the most renowned opera companies of the world‚ including those in La Scala‚ Lisbon‚ Geneva‚ Paris‚ Torino‚ Berlin‚ Buenos Aires‚ Bologna‚ Melbourne‚ Chicago and Vienna. She has performed at the Salzburg Festivel‚ Klangbogen Festival in Vienna and at the Early Music Festival in Innsbruck‚ Austria. She has sung under the direction of the world’s most acclaimed conductors‚ including Donald Runnicles‚ Günther Neuhold‚ Christoph von Dohnanyi‚ Kurt Masur‚ Andreas Delfs‚ Mariss Jansons‚ Marco Guidarini‚ Manfred Honeck and Seiji Ozawa among others.

Throughout her career‚ she has been an active recording artist. She now has more than four dozen recordings and five Grammy nominations to her credit. Among these are “Semiramide‚” “Orfeo‚” “Giulio Cesare‚” “Jennifer Larmore—A Portrait‚” “Il barbiere di Siviglia‚” “Carmen‚” “Durufle’s Requiem‚” “Born in Atlanta” (following her performance at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games)‚ “Elisabetta d’Ingliterra‚” “La Rimembranza‚” and “Great Operatic Arias.”

Larmore has visited Kennesaw State University twice before‚ in January 2006 and January 2007. For more information and directions‚ contact the KSU Box Office at 770−423−6151.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

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