International Opera Star Returns Home to Perform

When Jennifer Larmore left Marietta in the early 1980s‚ she could only have imagined the…

Georgia (Jan 13, 2006) — International Opera Star Returns Home to Perform

Cheryl Anderson Brown


Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ 678−438−7601

When Jennifer Larmore left Marietta in the early 1980s‚ she could only have imagined the incredible success she would have on the international opera stage. On Jan. 14‚ she will return to her home county to perform a concert program of art songs and opera arias at Kennesaw State University.

Larmore 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‚ Gulio 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‚ most recently‚ a solo CD‚ Bravura Diva‚ a collection of rare blockbuster arias by Rossini‚ Pacini and Mercandante.

Larmore’s performance at Kennesaw State University is the third event in the KSU College of the Arts’ 2005−2006 Premiere Series. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday‚ January 14 in Howard Logan Stillwell Theater. Her program will include works by Mozart‚ Rossini‚ Debussy and others. The program also will include selections from “Carmen.” For ticket information‚ call the KSU Box Office at 770−423−6650.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 18‚000 from 129 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit