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


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. The prestigious distinctions she has received include the title of “Soloist of the Year” awarded by the Communauté internationale des radios publiques de langue française, first prize in the CBC Radio competition for young performers, and the Virginia Parker Prize and Maggie Teyte Memorial Prize in London.

She has sung with the greatest symphony orchestras, including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe  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, Il Pomo d’Oro, Concentus Musicus Wien and Les Violons du Roy.

She has performed under the direction of Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Bernard Labadie, Christophe Rousset, Alan Curtis, Sir Roger Norrington, Kent Nagano, Semyon Bychkov, Hulmut Rilling and Yannick Nézet-Séguin… In addition, she has given recitals with pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Angela Hewitt, Michael McMahon, and Roger Vignoles.

Among her recent projects was a European tour and an Erato recording of Niobe (Steffani) with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky nd again with P. Jaroussky a recording of Handel’s Partenope. She has sung Seleuce in Handel’s Tolomeo with Alan Curtis, with whom she also recorded Handel operas on ARCHIV/Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin and Naïve labels, among others. She performed in Tito Manlio (Vivaldi) in Brussels and at the Barbican in London, 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 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

We heard her in the role of Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris (J. Rohrer/D. Podalydès), and in the role of Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo (O. Dantone/R. Carsen) at the Glyndebourne Festival, title role of Alcina at the Teatro Real in Madrid (C. Moulds/D. Alden), Armide in Gluck’s Armide (I. Bolton/B. Kosky) at the Nederlands Opera, and Giunone in Cavalli’s La Callisto at the Bayerische Staatsoper. She also sang the role of Venus in the critically acclaimed production of Rameau’s Dardanus under the direction of Raphaël Pichon and Michel Fau.

Karina Gauvin’s extensive discography – over 40 titles – has won numerous awards, including a “Chamber Music America Award” for her Fête Galante disc with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and several Opus Prizes. In 2009, she recorded Britten’s Les Illuminations with Les Violons du Roy under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Will be released for Sony  in autumn 2016 Don Giovanni and the role of Donna Elvira she recorded  last year with Musica Aeterna/Teodor Currentzis.

Karina Gauvin sings a wide repertoire singing Princess in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, both Correspondances and Le Temps l’horloge (Dutilleux) with the Orchestre national de Bordeaux under the direction of Hans Graf, Lia in Claude Debussy’s L’enfant prodigue under the batton of Mikko Frank, and Elijah with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki, Mendelssohn’s Symphony Lobegesang with Y. Nezet Seguin and COE with a live CD recording.

In the 2016/17 Season Karina Gauvin  returns to Madrid Teatro Real to sing  Vitellia in Mozart’s Clemenza di Titus and Boston Early Music Festival for a new production of Campra’s Carnaval de Venis. Concerts include Messiah with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel’s Rodelinda title role at Theâtre des Champs Elysées, Fauré’s Requiem with Stephane Denève etc.

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