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A Midsummer Night's Dream at Teatro Massimo Palermo,
September 2017

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Lawrence Zazzo and Friends live in concert at Wigmore Hall,
1 May 2017

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Messiah (G.F. Händel)

Live from the Herkulessaal, Munich November 2014, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, B’Rock Ghent, Peter Dijkstra, cond., Julia Doyle, soprano, Lawrence Zazzo countertenor, Steve Davislim, tenor, and Neal Davies, bass

Lawrence debuts as Orlando with the Welsh National Opera

Lawrence performing Oberon’s aria “I know a bank’ , A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), with Miltos Yerolemou (Puck), filmed live in Aix-en-Provence, July 2015

“Va tacito” from Giulio Cesare, with Christophe Dumaux as Tolomeo. A recent Laurent Pelly production at the Paris Opera, conducted by Emmanuelle Haim and starring Natalie Dessay, soon to be released on HD DVD by EMI/Virgin Classics
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Lawrence's recent appearance as Orfeo at the Norwegian State Opera
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A glimpse into the recording process of Mitridate last summer

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Lawrence’s debut as Farnace in Mitridate in Munich

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CD Recordings


Live recording of Handel's Messiah at Herkulessaal in Munich 2014
Julia Doyle, Lawrence Zazzo, Steve Davislim, Neal Davis, Peter Dijkstra

Voix Des Arts CD Review

A Magical, Magnificent “Messiah”

A Royal Trio

Lawrence’s first solo orchestral CD, A Royal Trio, just released by Harmonia Mundi USA.

“Zazzo in glorious voice throughout****” The Guardian

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<<CLICK HERE>> to hear Cosi Stanco Pellegrino from Bononcini's Crispo (selection)

<<CLICK HERE>> to hear Vivi Tiranno from Handel's Rodelinda (selection)

Mozart's Mitridate

Lawrence will also sing Farnace on the first complete recording of Mozart’s Mitridate with Ian Page and Classical Opera, to be released on Signum Classics in October 2014

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On Pan Classics, a live CD recording Handel’s Alessandro at the Haendel Festspiele, Karlsruhe

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On Virgin Classics, a DVD of Laurent Pelly’s production of Giulio Cesare at the Opera de Paris, 2010

"Lawrence Zazzo's outstandingly imperious title-hero is the best sung and acted countertenor performance of the part I've encountered." (Gramophone, December 2012)

Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus

Lawrence sings sing Apollo on a new recording of Mozart’s first opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus, just released on Linn Records, in conjunction with a Gala performance at Cadogan Hall, London.

<<CLICK HERE>> to hear Duet “Discede, crudelis” with Klara Ek, soprano.

“Lunarcy” on EPR Classic. - According to René Jacobs, Lawrence Zazzo is the most versatile operatic countertenor of his generation. On his first Evil Penguin recording, however, he explores the intimacy of the lute song in a remarkable programme focusing on madness and midnight. Teaming up with lute virtuoso Shizuku Noiri, Zazzo samples some of the genre highlights by Dowland and Purcell but also concentrates on contemporary repertoire for countertenor. The result is a fascinating exploration of the dark and the light of the moon and the mind.

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Athalia by Handel

on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, with the Kammerorchester Basel, Paul Goodwin cond.

"colore controllo del fiato é perfetto" L'opera

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Handel - Duetti amorosi / Rial, Zazzo
Handel - Duetti amorosi / Rial, Zazzo, KammerorchesterBasel, Cummings [Enhanced]

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Laurence Cummings
Orchestra: Basel Chamber Orchestra

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"This recording of amorous duets is as delicate and intoxicating as orange blossom. Nuria Rial's tender soprano blends beautifully with Lawrence Zazzo's bright, heroic counter tenor in duets from 'Poro, Serse, Admeto, Arminio, Teseo' and 'Muzio Scevola'" The London Independent

Handel - Riccardo Primo [Box set]
Basel Chamber Orchestra (Artist), Lawrence Zazzo (Alto), George Frideric Handel (Composer), Paul Goodwin (Conductor), Nuria Rial (Soprano)

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Paul Goodwin
Number of Discs: 3

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"Zazzo singt eher mit einer leicht gedeckten
Grundtönung, stellenweise der Oboe abgelauscht, ohne deshalb an Feuer und
Temperament zu sparen" Opernwelt

The music of William Byrd, John Dowland, and Henry Purcell with the Paragon Saxophone Quartet

“A genuinely illuminating meeting of jazz and Renaissance traditions” Daily Telegraph

"An object lessons in how to 'make it new' " International Record Review

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“If love’s a sweet passion” by Henry Purcell
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“Can She Excuse My Wrongs” by John Dowland

Other Recordings

Handel Fernando Ré di Castiglia
Il Complesso Barocco
Alan Curtis, dir.
Virgin Classics

Handel Messiah
Freiburger Barockorchester
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
René Jacobs, dir.
Harmonia Mundi

"As a latter-day Guadagni, the brilliant countertenor Lawrence Zazzo almost steals the show" Daily Telegraph


<<CLICK HERE>> to hear David’s aria “Oh Lord Whose Mercies Numberless"

Handel Partenope
Early Opera Company
Christian Curnyn, dir.
Chandos Records

<<CLICK HERE>> to hear Arsace’s aria “Ma quai note”

Les Arts Florissants
William Christie, dir.
Virgin Classics

<<CLICK HERE>> to hear Arsamene’s ActII aria “Si, la voglio”

Scarlatti Griselda
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
René Jacobs, dir.
Harmonia Mundi

<<CLICK HERE>> to hear Gualtiero’s Act 1 aria “Che bella tirannia”
<<CLICK HERE>> to hear his Act2 aria “Vorresti col tuo pianto”

Handel Rinaldo
Freiburger Barockorchester
René Jacobs, dir.
Nicolao Figuereido , Piers Maxim, cembali
Harmonia Mundi

<<CLICK HERE>> to hear Lawrence sing Goffredo’s Act 3 aria “Sorge nel petto”

Handel Deborah
Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt
Joachim Martini, dir.

<CLICK HERE> to hear Lawrence sing Barak’s Act I aria “How lovely is the blooming fair”


Celebration of the Spirit
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Brittten Rejoice in the Lamb

The Choir of Clare College,Cambridge
The Wallace Collection
Timothy Brown, dir.
Brilliant Classics(DVD) and
Columns Classics(CD)

<CLICK HERE> to hear Lawrence singing a selection from “Adonai roi” from the Chichester Psalms

Live Tracks

Handel Agrippina
Concerto Koln
René Jacobs, dir.
Live performance at
Theater de la Monnaie,
Brussels, June 2000.

<<CLICK HERE>> to hear a selection from Ottone’s Act 2 recit +aria, “Voi che udite”

<<CLICK HERE>> to hear a selection from the Agnus Dei from Bach’s B Minor Mass recorded in Gdansk, summer 2001.

<<CLICK HERE>> to hear the lute song “In Darkness Let Me Dwell”(music John Dowland) recorded live in Leeds, November 2001, with Taro Takeuchi, lute.

<<CLICK HERE>> to hear the lute song “Nu ser ja pa dig”(music Staffan Isbeck) recorded live in Leeds, November 2001, with Taro Takeuchi, lute