Karina Gauvin

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Karina Gauvin

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-    Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) – CD Sony Classic – T. Currentzis

-    Handel’s Messiah – Los Angeles Philharmonic – B. Labadie

-    Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (Vitellia), Teatro Real – C. Rousset. Herrmann / Théâtre des Champs Elysée – J. Rhorer/D. Podalydès

-    Gluck’s Armide (titlre-role), Netherlands Opera – I. Bolton/B. Kosky

-    Haendel’s Rinaldo (Armida), Glyndebourne Festival – O. Dantone/R. Carsen

-    Ravel’s Enfants et sortilèges (Princesse), Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra – Y. Nézet-Séguin

-    Haendel’s Alcina (title-role), Versailles Opéra Royal – C. Rousset

-    Haendel’s Messiah, New-York Philharmonic – B. Labadie

-    Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Montréal Opera



“… Karina Gauvin is the incarnation of a Cleopatra through songs with haunting modulations… This Queen of Egypt who expresses her delicately shaded laments on the borders of silence…” – Diapason, January 2012.


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, Alan Curtis, Sir Roger Norrington, Kent Nagano, and Jeremy Rhorer among others.

She was Alcina (Handel) with Les Talens Lyriques and Ariadne in Georg Conradi’s Die Schöne und getreue Ariadne for the Boston Early Music Festival. She has sung Seleuce in Handel’s Tolomeo with Alan Curtis, with whom she also recorded many Handel operas on ARCHIV/Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin and Naïve labels, among others. She performed the role of Manlio in Tito Manlio (Vivaldi) in Brussels and at the Barbican in London, Seleuce in Ezio (Handel) in Paris and Vienna, in Giulio Cesare (Handel) in Paris and Vienna, as well as in Juditha Triumphans (Vivaldi) with Andrea Marcon and Venice Baroque at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Karina Gauvin’s 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 recently recorded the role of  Donna Elvira with Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna for SONY classical.

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. In 2009, she recorded Britten’s Les Illuminations with Les Violons du Roy under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni. An album devoted to music sung by Anna Maria Strada del Po, with A. Weimann and the Arion Orchestre Baroque received much critical acclaim.

Karina Gauvin recently sang Lia in Debussy’s Enfant prodigue with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Frank later released on the Erato label, the title role of Armide in Gluck’s Armide with the Netherlands Opera, the princess in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin ;  and Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo for Glyndebourne Opera, under Ottavio Dantone.

Future projects include the role of Merab in Handel’s Saul for the Glyndebourne Opera Festival; Giunone in Cavalli’s Callisto at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Teatro Real in Madrid; Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito on tour and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris as well as a solo song recital for the prestigious Opera de Lille recital series.


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