DIAPASON, SEPTEMBER 2012
“Karina Gauvin is surely one of the world’s leading Baroque sopranos…… a fine imposing actress, with a glowing flexible tone with a gift for staccati, coloratura, meaningful coloration and stylish decoration.” Opera News
Recognized for her work in the baroque repertoire, Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin sings Bach, Mahler, Britten and the music of the 20th and 21st centuries with equal success. The prestigious distinctions she has received include the title of “Soloist of the Year” awarded by the Communauté internationale des radios publiques de langue française, first prize in the CBC Radio competition for young performers, and the Virginia Parker Prize and Maggie Teyte Memorial Prize in London.
She has sung with the greatest symphony orchestras, including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, as well as baroque orchestras such as Les Talens Lyriques, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Accademia Bizantina, Il Complesso Barocco, the Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy.
Karina Gauvin is surely one of the world’s leading Baroque sopranos…… a fine imposing actress, with a glowing flexible tone with a gift for staccati, coloratura, meaningful coloration and stylish decoration. Opera News
Karina Gauvin, the Canadian soprano, has almost a cult-like following
No doubt it’s to inspire you to buy more recordings of Gauvin—and I can’t think of a good reason not to.
Gauvin is alternately regal and fiery, intimidating and vulnerable. Her voice is very even and attractive
Karina Gauvin’s singing is exactly what I had expected: simply superb! She has a marvellous voice, but more than that: she digs deep in the texts and catches the drama to perfection.
Gauvin’s Gluck is particularly classy 2020 Gramophone
...arias sung by Gauvin would be cause enough for rejoicing …. Gauvin blows you away with her liquid legato, crackling coloratura and, (I’ve run out of alliteration), clarion top notes .
Glorious….. Gauvin’s rich sound has nothing of the boy treble in it; it is a full lyric soprano…. It isn’t merely that she sings with vibrato- she simply has vibrato that she will occasionally eschew for effect ; it is her echt womanliness that come across so vividly.
BACH, JOHANN SEBASTIAN
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen BWV 51
Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten BWV 202
Non sa che sia dolore BWV 209
Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Les nuits d’été
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Ein deutsches Requiem
Old American Songs
La damoiselle élue
Le martyre de Saint-Sébastien
HANDEL, GEORGE FRIDERIC
Clori, TIrsi e Fileno
Die Schöpfung (The Creation)
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons)
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS
Missa en Ut mineur
Vesperae solennes de confessore
Motet Exsultate Jubilate
PERGOLESI, GIOVANNI BATTISTA
Ode to Saint Cecilia