Karen Cargill

Mezzo-Soprano

“The real jewel, though, was Cargill, whose luxuriant tone, natural French and rapt intensity made her lovelorn Marguerite a spellbinding creation …”

Rebecca Franks, The Times

Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was the winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award. In July 2018 Karen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is currently their interim Head of Vocal Studies.

Highlights

  • Waltraute Götterdämmerung – Metropolitan Opera; ROH Covent Garden; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Deutsche Oper, Berlin
  • Berlioz La Damnation de Faust – London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robin Ticciati
  • Mahler Resurrection Symphony – Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal conducted by Rafael Payare; Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti; Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Mahler Symphony No 3 – Tanglewood – Michael Tilson Thomas; Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra – Myung Whun Chung; Lanaudière Festival Kent Nagano
  • 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

Biography

Concerts this season and beyond include Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Cristian Măcelaru; Mahler Symphony No 2 with Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España and David Afkham and with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and…

Concerts this season and beyond include Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Cristian Măcelaru; Mahler Symphony No 2 with Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España and David Afkham and with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Rafael Payare; Mahler Kindertotenlieder with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Juanjo Mena; Korngold Abschiedslieder and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Alpesh Chauhan; Mahler Symphony No 3 with Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana with Gustavo Gimeno; Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Robin Ticciati and Wagner Fricka Das Rheingold with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Recent performances include Brangäne Tristan und Isolde with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2021 Glyndebourne Festival and Berlioz La damnation de Faust with DSO Berlin, both conducted by Robin Ticciati; Mahler Rückert-Lieder with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Elgar Sea Pictures with Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård and Judith in Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle.

Past opera highlights have included the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Metropolitan Opera, New York; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Montpellier Opéra; the BBC Proms and Glyndebourne and Edinburgh International festivals, with roles including Waltraute Gotterdämmerung; Erda Das Rheingold and Siegfried; Brangäne Tristan und Isolde; Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites and Judith  Bluebeard’s Castle while on the concert platform Karen has worked with conductors including Donald Runnicles, Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Edward Gardner and Mariss Jansons.

Karen has appeared with her recital partner Simon Lepper at Wigmore Hall London; Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Kennedy Centre Washington and Carnegie Hall New York, and regularly gives 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.

Karen is Patron of the National Girls’ Choir of Scotland.

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Contact:

Maxine Robertson Artist Manager
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Jessica Buchanan-Barrow
Associate Artist Manager
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Email: jbb@maxinerobertson.com
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