OP0052. ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE (in French) (Gluck), w.Runnicles Cond. Scots Opera Ensemble; Jennifer Larmore, Dawn Upshaw & Alison Hagley. 2-Teldec 98418, Slipcase Edition w.Elaborate Libretto-brochure. Final Sealed Copy! - 745099841829
“This version takes liberties with Gluck's opera, but it is a labor of love, and it preserves the essential, Olympian beauty of Gluck's concept. It is seldom performed today but historically is very important. With the text translated back into Italian, it became the basis for most productions of the opera since 1859. This recording restores some items that Berlioz dropped from his edition, notably the Dance of the Furies in Act 2, the trio ‘Tendre Amour’ in Act 3 and a final ballet sequence. It is based on a San Francisco Opera production with Donald Runnicles conducting and beautiful singing by Dawn Upshaw (Eurydice), Alison Hagley (Amour) and Jennifer Larmore (Orphée). Larmore sings the vocal ornaments devised by Pauline Viardot-Garcia for the 1859 production, and she is splendid.”
Joseph McLellan, THE WASHINGTON POST, 21 July, 1996
“Jennifer Larmore is an outstanding American mezzo soprano who parlayed operatic success in Europe into international stardom during the 1990s. Known for excelling in the coloratura roles of Rossini and Handel, she has also moved into the early nineteenth century bel canto repertory, as well as the operas of Mozart and Richard Strauss. Especially since 2000, Larmore has been a very active recitalist, and she has recorded widely for the Harmonia Mundi, Teldec, and Deutsche Grammophon labels.
Larmore studied at the Westminster Choir College, and then privately with John Bullock and Regina Resnik. She made her professional début at Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West as Rosina in Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE -- appropriate, considering that Rosina has since become her signature role, one that she has performed more than 500 times. Three years later, a last-minute audition led to a contract at the Nice Opéra. There, her vocal talents, energetic acting, and natural beauty quickly established her as an emerging star, and during the next decade she performed dozens of leading roles with major European houses. In the mid-'90s Larmore returned to the United States, making her Chicago Lyric Opera début in 1993, winning the prestigious Richard Tucker award in 1994, and débuting as Rosina at the Metropolitan Opera in 1995. Since then she has been a regular attraction at the Met, singing everything from Handel's GIULIO CESARE to Humperdinck's HÄNSEL UND GRETEL. With her frequent collaborator Antoine Palloc, she has made several international recital tours, including appearances in Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, and London, as well as most major American cities.
Larmore's GIULIO CESARE on Harmonia Mundi (with René Jacobs),’L'étoile’, a collection of French arias, and ’Call Me Mister’, a celebration of mezzo soprano ‘pants’ roles, are notable among her recordings. A particularly unique venture has been her satellite radio program ‘Backstage with Jennifer Larmore’, on which she proves herself a witty and insightful interviewer and commentator.”
- Allen Schrott, allmusic.com