© Michael Slobodian
Canadian soprano and Grammy nominee Karina Gauvin has impressed audiences and critics the world over from La Scala in Milan to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to Carnegie Hall in New York with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range.
Described by Opera News as “a queen of Baroque opera”, Ms. Gauvin has sung with the world’s leading orchestras including the San Francisco, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto Symphonies, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy, Musica Antiqua Köln, Accademia Bizantina and Il Complesso Barocco.
Ms. Gauvin has worked with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ivor Bolton, Teodor Currentzis, Bernard Labadie, Sir Roger Norrington, Kent Nagano, Fabien Gabel, Semyon Bychkov, Michael Tilson Thomas, Christopher Hogwood, Andrea Marcon, Helmuth Rilling and Christophe Rousset. Also active as a recitalist, Gauvin has collaborated with pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Michael McMahon and Roger Vignoles.
During the pandemic, Karina Gauvin was privileged to participate in a recording project, the complete songs of late 19th century composer Jules Massenet. Her extensive discography – over 50 titles – has won her numerous awards, including a “Chamber Music America Award” for her “Fête Galante” disc with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, 3 Grammy nominations for her recordings with the Boston Early Music Orchestra and several Opus Prizes. Recent projects have included Merab in Handel’s Saul at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Paris Théâtre du Châtelet, Giunone in Cavalli’s La Calisto at the Staatsoper München and at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Among the numerous distinctions she received in her early career, Ms. Gauvin was named soloist of the year for the International French Radio Community, won first prize for the CBC Radio National Competition for Young performers, the Virginia Parker Prize as well as the Maggie Teyte Memorial Prize in London and the Lieder and Public’s prize at the ‘s-Hertogenbosch International Competition.