Carolyn Sampson

Born 1974

Carolyn Sampson


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Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed remarkable success in the United Kingdom, throughout Europe and in the United States. Her most noteworthy roles for English National Opera have included the title role inHandel's Semele  and Pamina inMozart's The Magic Flute.  She performed various roles in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen during the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She sang Anne Truelove/The Rake’s Progress in 2012 in Sir David McVicar’s new production for the Scottish Opera. Internationally she has appeared at Opéra de Paris, Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Montpellier and Opéra National du Rhin. She also performed the title role inLully’s Psyché for the Boston Early Music Festival, which was released on CD and was subsequently nominated for a Grammy in 2008.

Carolyn Sampson’s numerous concert performances in the UK have included regular appearances at the BBC Proms and with orchestras including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert,Bach Collegium Japan <>, Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen. She is a frequent guest with the Hallé Orchestraand has performed with City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. In Europe her many appearances have included concerts with Bergen Philharmonic,Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Gürzenich Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and a performance of J C Bach’s Lucio Sillawith the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra.  She recently made her debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in the Musikverein.

In the US Carolyn Sampson has been featured as soloist with San Francisco Symphony,Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St Paul Chamber Orchestra and is a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival.  In October 2013 she made her Carnegie Hall recital debut to a sold-out audience in the Weill Recital Hall. Carolyn works regularly with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Markus Stenz, Ivor Bolton, Philippe Herreweghe, Harry Bicket, Trevor Pinnock, Riccardo Chailly, Louis Langrée, Harry Christophers and Robert King. A consummate recitalist, Carolyn Sampson appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall where a recital of lute songs with Matthew Wadsworth was recorded on the Wigmore Live label and released to huge critical acclaim. She has given multiple recitals at the Saintes and Aldeburgh Festivals as well as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Carolyn’s recent Harmonia Mundi recording of Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Sept Répons de Ténèbres was awarded the Choc de l’Année Classica 2014. Other recent recordings include ‘A French Baroque Diva’ – celebrating Marie Fel, a star soprano of Rameau’s time, andMozart’s Requiem with Bach Collegium Japan.  Her recording of Purcell songs for BIS was selected as Editor’s Choice in the December 2007 issue of Gramophone Magazine Her many recordings for Hyperion with The King’s Consort include a highly acclaimed CD of Mozart sacred music ‘Exsultate jubilate’  which was selected as BBC Music Magazine’s “Record of the Month” and was also  the recipient of an ECHO Award.  She recorded a highly-acclaimed CD ofStravinsky’s Les Noces and Mass for Harmonia Mundi and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly for the Decca label.

Spring 2015 saw the release of Carolyn’s debut song recital disc, with the pianist Joseph Middleton. EntitledFleurs, it features songs by composers such asFauré, Debussy, Schumann, Strauss, Quilter and Britten.