BBC Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles. BBC Proms 2015. By kind permission of BBC Radio 3
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Donald Runnicles. EIF 2016. By kind permission of BBC Radio 3
“But the Scottish mezzo Karen Cargill brought such exquisite expression and a warm, vibrant and ample voice to the part that she thoroughly outclassed her colleagues onstage. Here, finally, was a singer who could control multiple dimensions, singing with fervent intensity without raising the volume and conjuring up different colors for her character’s pangs of pity, hope and anger.”
Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill was the winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Waltraute Götterdämmerung – Metropolitan Opera; ROH Covent Garden; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Deutsche Oper, Berlin
- Berlioz La Damnation de Faust – London Symphony Orchestra – Sir Simon Rattle
- Mahler Resurrection Symphony – Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras – James Levine; Concertgebouw Orchestra – Daniele Gatti; Philadelphia Orchestra – Yannick Nézet-Séguin
- Mahler Symphony No 3 – Tanglewood – Michael Tilson Thomas; Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra – Myung Whun Chung
- Verdi Requiem – London Symphony Orchestra – Sir Colin Davis; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra – Yannick Nézet-Séguin; BBC Proms & Edinburgh International Festival
- Mahler Das Lied von der Erde – Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York – Esa-Pekka Salonen; Staatskapelle Dresden – Donald Runnicles
Engagements in the 2017/18 season and beyond include Berlioz La Damnation de Faust with the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle; Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with Donald Runnicles and Staatskapelle Dresden; Mahler Symphony No 3, Das Lied von der Erde and Berg Sieben Frühe Lieder with DSO Berlin and Robin Ticciati and Mahler Symphony No 8 with Daniel Harding and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. On the opera stage she will appear as Waltraute Götterdämmerung in the Royal Opera Covent Garden, has three return invitations to the Metropolitan Opera, New York and, in 2018, will make her debut for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Karen performed three times at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival: her role debut as Fricka Die Walküre with Sir Andrew Davis; a recital of French song with pianist Simon Lepper and a performance of Mahler Rückert Lieder as part of the festival’s 70th anniversary concert after which she completed her summer season singing Schoenberg Gurrelieder at the 2017 BBC Proms with Sir Simon Rattle.
Karen regularly sings with the Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Rotterdam and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra working with conductors including James Levine, Donald Runnicles, Yannick Nézet-Séquin, Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniele Gatti, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Robin Ticciati. Opera highlights have included appearances at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, New York and Deutsche Opera, Berlin with roles including Waltraute Gotterdämmerung, Brangäne Tristan and Isolde and Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmelites and Judith Bluebeard’s Castle.
Past and future highlights with her regular recital partner Simon Lepper include appearances at Wigmore Hall London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kennedy Centre Washington and Carnegie Hall, as well as regular recitals for BBC Radio 3. With Simon she recently recorded a critically acclaimed recital of lieder by Alma and Gustav Mahler for Linn Records for whom she has also recorded Berlioz Les nuits d’été and La mort de Cléopâtre with Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.