Juan José Lázaro is a Peruvian Russian American pianist now in his second year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He made his Met Music Staff debut this season as a diction coach for the company debut of Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas and is an assistant conductor for the Met's holiday presentation of The Magic Flute. Later in the 2023–24 season, he will prepare and perform in the Program's Patron Concert of opera scenes, annual recital series held at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Met Orchestra Workshop. His recent operatic engagements include Die Zauberflöte with the Merola Opera Program and Idomeneo at Teatro Grattacielo. He was accepted as vocal fellow with the Lehrer Vocal Institute at the Music Academy of the West in 2020 and was prepared to work on Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, Menotti's The Medium, and Hänsel und Gretel, engagements that were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During his extensive academic career, he has worked as a rehearsal pianist, coach, and performer in a number of productions, including Cosi fan tutte, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, among others. His experience as a coach extends beyond operatic repertoire into art song, where he has collaborated with singers worldwide on recitals and master classes, including recital tours in Bulgaria and Austria. He is an alumnus of LaGuardia Performing Arts High School and the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School and a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music and has completed the first year of his Doctor of Musical Arts at Manhattan School of Music.