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Karina Gauvin


Soprano Karina Gauvin makes an immediate and powerful impression vocally and visually. Critics trip over each other’s superlatives when describing her voice, which is “breathtaking”, “penetrating”, “supple”, and “luscious”. For all the beauty of her voice, she is also recognized as a dynamic and probing artist, "one of the dream sopranos of our time," who in turn is, "distinctive, sophisticated, deeply intuitive, a questioning and fearless artist." (The Globe and Mail).

Ms. Gauvin’s stunning presence, flashing blue eyes and complete engagement with the music she performs makes it impossible for audiences to take their eyes off her. It was these qualities that inspired photographer Caitlin Cronenberg (daughter of film director David Cronenberg) to choose her as one of the subjects of the “Iconic Beauty” photo exhibit presented as part of the annual CONTACT festival in Toronto.

Karina Gauvin came to international attention in 1994 and has been in high demand ever since. Her calendar includes opera, recitals, and concerts with major orchestras on many of the world’s most prestigious stages. She balances a full schedule of engagements by allowing time for personal pursuits like reading and listening to music, which might include anything from Brahms piano concerto no. 1 to Charles Aznavour to Prince. Recent favourite books include Nicole Krauss’ haunting novel The History of Love, and Françoise Sagan’s classic, Bonjour Tristesse.

Upcoming engagements for Ms. Gauvin this season include appearances with the Opéra de Montreal in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the Accademia Bizantina for performances of Handel’s Rinaldo in Paris and Cologne, and her first solo recital at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Ms. Gauvin enjoys a long-standing and fruitful relationship with the Québec ensemble Les Violons du Roy, with whom she has recorded a Bach cantata CD, has just finished recording an all-Britten CD, both for ATMA.
Other future plans include two opera recordings with Alan Curtis and the Complesso Barocco, and a special project with the American murder-mystery writer, Donna Leon – stay tuned for details!

Ms. Gauvin’s most recent recording project for ATMA, Porpora Arias, was recorded in a spectacular 19th century palazzo in Lonigo, Italy, with Alan Curtis and the Complesso Barocco. Describing Gauvin as “one of my very, very favourite singers” in an interview made during the recording sessions, Curtis explains that he was eager to explore an “off-the-beaten track” composer with the soprano, who is well known for her interpretations of the music of Handel.

Discovering historic, cultural and architectural landmarks is one of the perks of her work that Ms. Gauvin relishes. “When I have time between a hectic rehearsal schedule and concerts, I like to explore — a beautiful church, a lovely quiet street or park. Whether I am in Paris, Amsterdam, London, or New York, there is always something to discover.”  

By Luisa Trisi

Karina Gauvin and Alan Curtis in Lonigo,
Recording sessions of Porpora Arias CD with Il Complesso Barocco

Karina Gauvin and Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Recording sessions of her Britten CD with les Violons du Roy
(to be released in 2010)


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Karina Gauvin
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