Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, Lazzaro studied voice performance and opera stage direction at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. In New York City he studied directing at Playwrights’ Horizons Theater, and performed at such venues as Paulson’s Supper Club, Birdland, The Atrium Club, The Brooklyn Heights Players and with the Carnegie Hall based Collegiate Chorale.
Last summer, Lazzaro was one of 36 singers chosen from an international search for The Cabaret Conference at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where he studied with cabaret greats including Sally Mayes, Sharon McNight, Julie Wilson and American Idol’s Michael Orland. Lazzaro received a 2005 “Desert Stars Award” for his work in Derrik Lewis’ Musical Chairs’ “That’s Entertainment: The Music of Dietz & Schwartz” and is a 2006 Desert Stars nominee for his work in Musical Chairs’ “Jerry’s Songs: The Music of Jerry Herman.” This fall and next spring Lazzaro will perform throughout Southern California, including the Annenberg Theater, in the premiere of Richard Stover’s one-man show “Davey Crockett- Hero of the Alamo.”
“I made this recording for Palm Springs event planners and socialites looking to book talent for parties and social functions,” Lazzaro explained. “The CD is my musical calling card, thank-you note and party favor.”
Lazzaro, like his Musical Director Abravanel, left New York City a few years ago to make his home in Palm Springs. He met Abravanel while working in Derrik Lewis’ Musical Chairs. They have worked together in productions at the Villa Resort and in other Abravanel Artists productions. “Wayne Abravanel is a world-class talent and we are fortunate to have him right here in the Coachella Valley” Lazzaro said.