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.

In 2015, she sang Vitellia in Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris (J. Rohrer/D. Podalydès), and Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo (O. Dantone/R. Carsen) at Glyndebourne Festival. The year before she was Armide in Gluck’s Armide (I. Bolton/B. Kosky) at Netherlands Opera and Giunone in Cavalli’s Callisto at Bayerische Staatsoper.

 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. 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.

In 2017, she made a very remarked interpretation of Vitellia at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Clemenza di Tito under the direction of Teodor Courrentzis and sang a unique Camille Saint-Saëns’ piece at Grand Théâtre de Genève. Future projects include the role of Merab in Handel’s Saul for the Glyndebourne Opera Festival; Giunone in Cavalli’s Callisto at Staatsoper Munchen and Teatro Real in Madrid and a solo song recital for the prestigious Opera de Lille recital series.



Last edited January 2018 




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