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English Concert Karina Gauvin

Karina Gauvin

Alcina, soprano

Karina Gauvin was born in Repentigny, Quebec, Canada and is recognized for her work in the Baroque repertoire; she also sings music of the 20th and 21st centuries with equal success. Highlights of recent seasons include Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo at the Glyndebourne Festival, the title role in Gluck’s Armide at the Netherlands Opera, Giunone in Cavalli’s La Calisto at the Bavarian State Opera, and Duchesse d’Étampes in Saint-Saëns’ long-lost Ascanio at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Gauvin sang Debussy’s The Martyr­dom of Saint Sebastian and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the San Francisco Sym­phony and Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant prodigue with the Orches­tre Philharmonique de Radio France. Her extensive discography—over 50 titles—has earned her numerous awards and three Grammy nominations. Gauvin recently participated in a new recording project of the complete songs of Jules Massenet. (Karina­