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Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor)
Simon Lepper (piano)

Lawrence Zazzo, one of the most extraordinary countertenors of our time, is giving his first recital at Oper Frankfurt. This American artist's unique musicality, strong stage presence and beautiful voice thrills opera and concert goers all over the world. He is no stranger to audiences in Frankfurt, where he has sung Ottone (Agrippina), Ruggiero (Orlando Furioso) and Odysseus (world premiere of Rolf Riehm's Sirenen/Sirens 2014/15). Lawrence Zazzo is a much applauded and regular guest in Glyndebourne, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, Brussels, Paris, London, Vienna and New York, appearing with conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ivor Bolton, Christopher Hogwood, Christophe Rousset, Peter Eötvös, Rinaldo Alessandrini and James Conlon. His extensive discography, which includes recordings of Handel's Alessandro under Michael Form, the Messiah under Peter Dijkstra, Giulio Cesare under Emmanuelle Haïm, Saul under René Jacobs, arias - A Royal Trio - under David Bates and the 2007 Renaissance album Byrd Land with the Paragon Saxophone Quartet, documents his artistic achievements. Before studying singing at King's College Cambridge he studied English literature at Yale, and has recently taken a degree in musicology.

Here is his programme, titled “Songs my mother taught me”

Charles Ives Memories - Songs my Mother Taught
a. Very Pleasant
b. Rather Sad
Walking the Housatonic at Stockbridge
Samuel Barber Hermit Songs op. 29
At Saint Patrick’s Purgatory
Church Bell at Night
St. Ita’s Vision
The Heavenly Banquet
The Crucifixion
Sea-Snatch Promiscuity
The Monk and His Cat
The Praises of God
The Desire for Hermitage
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Ned Rorem War Scenes
A Night Battle
Specimen Case
An Incident
Inauguration Ball
The Real War Will Never Get in the Books
Missy Mazzoli
As Long as We Live
William Bolcom from Cabaret Songs
Black Max
The Actor
Jake Heggie from Encountertenor
The Trouble with Trebles in Trousers

28th February 2017
8:00 pm
Opera House
Serie 18
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Lawrence Zazzo
Simon Lepper