Opera star Jennifer Larmore offers insight to singers
By Lauren Highfill
Jennifer Larmore with some of the participants from her
Jan. 14 master class at Kennesaw State.
(From left) Nick Morrett, Stephanie Slaughter,
Chase Todd, Larmore, Greg Poirier and Michael Alcorn.
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You may never meet another world-renowned opera star who’s like Jennifer Larmore. She’s as willing to share her experiences in European opera houses, working with famous conductors and orchestras, as she is to reenact her most embarrassing stage moment. During Larmore’s residency at Kennesaw State University this semester, students have had several opportunities to interact with and learn from this seasoned and personable vocalist.
On Jan. 14, Larmore taught a master class with six students from the music department and the theatre and performance studies department. Chase Todd was one of two musical theatre performers and appreciated Larmore’s “emphasis on the emotional impact of the song and the technical aspects of singing.” Even though Larmore is most known for her operatic performance, Todd says, “musical theatre majors can learn a lot from her as well.”
The day after her master class, Larmore held an educational—and entertaining—question-and-answer session. Students and asked about all the sides of being a success in the opera world: business, singing and personal sides. “What’s been the toughest challenge you’ve faced?” “What steps do you take in learning a new piece?” “How did you choose an agent?” Larmore graciously answered each question, delivered memorable anecdotes and even pulled her long-time accompanist, Antoine Palloc, out of the audience at one point to talk about their working relationship. Larmore was open to offering the audience her personal experiences in the field, but was also sure to point out that “everyone has to find their own path. You have to think about what makes sense for you.”
Christina Infusino, a senior vocal performance major, was happy to have her thoughts about being a success in the opera world reaffirmed. “It was great to hear again that you can have this career and still have a personal life and a family. Larmore is so warm, caring and gracious with her time. And she’s been everywhere this career can take you, so she’s very knowledgeable.”
Larmore’s closing remarks at the Q&A reflected her benevolent personality. “When you’re performing, don’t ever think you’re giving it all you’ve got. Enjoy music to the fullest and always give of your art.”
View press release about Jennifer Larmore's residency at Kennesaw State.