School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Larry Zazzo

Lecturer in Music


Dr. Lawrence Zazzo joined ICMuS in September 2017 as Head of Performance and Lecturer in Music.  An internationally-recognised countertenor, Lawrence continues to perform in concert halls and opera houses throughout the world (Metropolitan Opera New York, Opera de Paris, Covent Garden, Vienna, Madrid, Munich, Berlin, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul), and he has made over 20 recordings of rare Baroque vocal masterpieces as well as premiering new works by Thomas Adès, Jonathan Dove, Missy Mazzoli, Iain Bell, and Rolf Riehm.  A native of Philadelphia, he studied English Literature at Yale, Music at Cambridge, and voice at the Royal College of Music. Before coming to Newcastle,  Lawrence was on the voice faculties at both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London whilst completing his PhD on Handel's bilingual oratorio revivals at Queen's University, Belfast, and frequently presents masterclasses, workshops, and lecture-recitals throughout the world.

In addition to his ongoing research into Baroque opera and oratorio, historical performance practice, and opera libretto authorship recognition, Dr. Zazzo looks forward this year to the Newcastle premiere of a solo opera based on Milton's Paradise Lost, another premiere of a concert work for countertenor and orchestra by Rolf Riehm with the Deutsch Radio Philharmonie, and to leading students in a semester-long module, Performing Baroque Opera, which will result in a fully-staged performance of Handel's Acis and Galatea at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House and at Seaton Delaval Hall.

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MUS2009:  Performing Baroque Opera

MUS1012: Understanding Music History (Contributing Lecturer)

MUS2074:  Music in the Renaissance (Contributing Lecturer)


  • Handel opera and oratorio - reception and revival history
  • 17th and 18th century opera libretto authorship recognition
  • Male altos and castrati in Baroque opera and oratorio
  • Historical performance practice; ornamentation, singing technique, continuo realization