Recognized for her work in the baroque repertoire, Canadian soprano KARINA GAUVIN also sings Mahler, Britten and the music of the late-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. Her North American engagements during the 2013-2014 Season include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl and a concert at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. Her opera appearances in the 2013-2014 Season include L’Eternità/ Giunone in La Calisto with the Bayerische Staatsoper and the title role in Armide with De Nederlandse Opera. Future seasons will include performances as Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo at the Glyndebourne Festival and Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Karina has sung with the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and 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 Semyon Bychkov, Alan Curtis, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Labadie, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Helmuth Rilling, Christophe Rousset, and Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition, she has given recitals with pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Angela Hewitt, Michael McMahon, and Roger Vignoles.
Karina Gauvin’s recent opera performances include the title role of Handel’s Alcina 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 Handel operas on ARCHIV/Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin and Naïve labels, among others. She performed in Vivaldi’s Tito Manlio in Brussels and at the Barbican in London; Fulvio in Handel’s Ezio in Paris and Vienna; the title role in Giulio Cesare in Paris and Vienna; as well as in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with Andrea Marcon at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her performances with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra earned her nominations at the Grammy Awards in 2007 and 2009.
On the concert stage her recent performances include the Princess in Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Bach’s St. John Passion with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie, on tour in Canada and then at Carnegie Hall in New York; and Debussy’s The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Karina Gauvin’s extensive discography – over 30 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. Other recent recording projects include a European tour and a recording of Handel’s Ariodante for EMI Virgin Classics; a European tour and a recording of Giulio Cesare for the Naïve House, both with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco and Britten’s Les Illuminations with Les Violons du Roy under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni. She also recently completed an album in honor of Anna Maria Strada del Po, with Alexander Weimann and the Arion Ensemble.