The American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is one of the most outstanding singers of his generation. A native of Philadelphia, and a graduate in both Music and English from Yale and King’s College Cambridge, Lawrence made his operatic debut as Oberon A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM to great acclaim while completing his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music, London.
Lawrence has appeared in many of the world’s finest opera houses and concert halls and is also closely associated with 20th century and contemporary music, having worked with Thomas Ades, Peter Eotvös and Jonathan Dove.
Lawrence works with many distinguished conductors in the fields of Baroque and contemporary music, including Renè Jacobs, James Conlon, Ivor Bolton, Peter Eotvos, William Christie, Harry Bickett, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Joshua Rifkin, Trevor Pinnock , John Nelson, Jordi Savall, Harry Christophers, and Paul Goodwin. His international concert career highlights include: MESSIAH in Notre Dame Cathedral with L’ensemble orchestrale de Paris and in a European tour with Renè Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester, Bach Lutheran Masses under Joshua Rifkin in Leipzig, St. Matthew Passion in Ambronay and Kothen with the Akademie fuer Alte Musik , the title role in Mozart’s ASCANIO IN ALBA with the Berliner Symphoniker, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and Gloria with the Israel Camerata, Bach B Minor Mass with the Salzburg Mozarteum, and SAUL in Berlin and Lisbon with Renè Jacobs and Concerto Köln. His Canadian debut was as Didymus in THEODORA in Ottawa under Trevor Pinnock and he sang the title roles of Handel’s LOTARIO and RICCARDO PRIMO with the Kammerorchester Basel in a European tour with Paul Goodwin. He most recently worked with Christopher Hogwood singing the title role of Handel’s AMADIGI in London and Birmingham, and made his debut at the Salle Pleyel with Jordi Savall in a concert version of Vivaldi’s FARNACE. An accomplished recitalist, he has given many around Europe, most recently at the Festival de Beaune and the Vienna Konzerthaus.