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Canada’s superstar soprano Karina Gauvin has impressed audiences and critics the world over with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range. The Globe and Mail calls her "one of the dream sopranos of our time," who in turn is "distinctive, sophisticated, deeply intuitive, a questioning and fearless artist."
Her repertoire ranges from the music of Johann Sebastian Bach to Luciano Berio and she has sung with many major orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Musica Antiqua Köln, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy.
Among her many career highlights figure Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat with the Chicago Symphony under Helmuth Rilling, and her Carnegie Hall debut in Bach’s B minor Mass under the baton of Peter Schreier. She also was Iole in Handel’s Hercules with Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Euridice in Gluck’s Orphée with Les Violons du Roy and Alcina in Handel’s eponymous opera with the Gabrieli Consort at the Beaune Festival in France.
A prolific recording artist with nineteen releases to her credit, Karina Gauvin has won the Juno award for recordings of Handel’s Silete Venti / Apollo e Daphne and Mozart’s Requiem with Les Violons du Roy. Among her other impressive projects are debut recordings with Deutsche Grammophon of Handel’s operas Tolomeo, Alcina, Ezio and Agrippina with Alan Curtis and Complesso Barocco.
Gauvin won First Prize at the CBC Young Performers Competition and received the Lieder and Public’s prize at the s’Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition in the Netherlands. In 2000 she was honored with the Opus Award as "Performer of the Year". A graduate of the Montreal Conservatory of Music, Karina Gauvin studied with Ms. Marie Daveluy and pursued her postgraduate study with Pamela Bowden at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow.