Recognized for her work in the Baroque repertoire, Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin sings Bach, Mahler, Britten and the music of the 20th and 21st centuries with equal success.
Mrs Gauvin has sung with the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, as well as Baroque orchestras such as Les Talens Lyriques, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Accademia Bizantina, Il Complesso Barocco, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy.
She has performed under the direction of Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Michel Plasson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mikko Frank, Teodor Currentzis, Bernard Labadie, Christophe Rousset, Sir Roger Norrington, Kent Nagano, Jérémie Rhorer and the late Alan Curtis among others.
In 2015, was Vitellia in Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris (J. Rohrer/D. Podalydès) and Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo (O. Dantone/R. Carsen) at the Glyndebourne Festival. The year before she sang the title role in Gluck’s Armide (I. Bolton/B. Kosky) at the Netherlands Opera and Giunone in Cavalli’s Calisto at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
In 2017, Karina Gauvin made a much-lauded interpretation of Vitellia at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in La Clemenza di Tito under the direction of Teodor Courrentzis and appeared as Duchesse d’Étampes in Camille Saint-Saëns’ long-lost opera Ascanio conducted by Guillaume Tourniaire at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. She was Merab in Handel’s Saul at the Glyndebourne Festival.
In the 2018/2019 season, she performed a recital of French melodies at the Lille Opera, Opéra National du Rhin and Wigmore Hall, and gave several concerts with Le Concert de la Loge under Julien Chauvin at the Halle Festival and the Metz Arsenal. She sang the role of Bellezza in Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at the Innsbruck Festival with Alessandro De Marchi.
Other past projects include a European tour and a recording of Ariodante (Handel) for EMI Virgin Classics, along with a European tour and a recording of Giulio Cesare, both with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco. She sang in the Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian and the Symphony No. 2 (Mahler) with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Karina Gauvin was Lia in Debussy’s Enfant prodigue with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Frank later released on the Erato label.
Her extensive discography – nearly 50 titles – has won her numerous awards, including a “Chamber Music America Award” for her “Fête Galante” disc with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, 2 Grammy nominations for her recordings with the Boston Early Music Orchestra and several Opus Prizes. She recorded the role of Donna Elvira with Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna for Sony Classical.
Among her recent and future projects are Handel’s Saul (Merab) at the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet, Messiah at the Paris Philharmonie under the direction of Hervé Niquet and a Europe tour with Tafelmusik. Karina brings to life the Handel roles of Poppea (Agrippina) and Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset at the Bucharest George Enescu Festival, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Ambronay Festival.