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 studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was the winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award.
- 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
Forthcoming concert highlights include Gurrelieder with the Orquesta Nacional de Espana and David Afkham; Bruckner Mass in f minor with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons; Mahler Symphony no. 2 with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden and also with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-tyla; Brangaene in concert for Montpellier Opera and Das Lied von der Erde and La Damnation de Faust for DSO and Robin Ticciati.
On the opera stage she will appear as Waltraute Gotterdammerung at the Royal Opera Covent Garden and has three return invitations to the Metropolitan Opera, New York with roles including Erda and Mère Marie.
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 Donald Runnicles, Yannick Nézet-Séquin, Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniele Gatti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Robin Ticciati and Edward Gardner. Opera highlights have included appearances at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Metropolitan Opera, New York; Deutsche Opera, Berlin and Glyndebourne Festival with roles including Waltraute Gotterdammerung; Brangaene Tristan and Isolde; Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmelites and Judith Bluebeard’s Castle. Karen appears regularly at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival.
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.
In July 2018 Karen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is also Patron of the National Girls’ Choir of Scotland.