Karina Gauvin

Born 1966

Karina Gauvin



Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin is lauded for her exceptional Baroque interpretations as well as her mastery of 20th and 21st century repertoire. She was born to two professionally trained opera singers who were never able to fully realize their careers but strongly supported Karina’s musical education.

Karina Gauvin studied at the Montreal Conservatoire of Music with Marie Daveluy and then at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Pamela Bowden. She mastered the likes of Bach, Mahler, and Britten, and today one of Gauvin’s most requested performances is Britten’sLes Illuminations.

In 1996 Karina won Soloist of the Year of the International French Public Radio. She has sung in concert halls around the world including the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Wigmore Hall, and St. Martin in the Fields. She debuted in Boston at the Handel and Haydn Society in their 1999-2000 season and in the same year debuted in New York City at 92Y. She has also sung at festivals such as Aldeburgh in England and Glimmerglass in New York City.

She sings frequently with great orchestras such as San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Gauvin also partners with Roger Vignoles, Michael McMahon and Marc-Andre Hamelin.

Karina Gauvin is noted for her Mozart operas and also often performs in Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthews Passion and more."... the aural equivalent of freshly churned butter" - Musical Toronto

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