Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill studied at the Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland, University of Toronto, and National Opera Studio in London. She
has appeared with pianist Simon Lepper at venues that include the
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
in Washington, DC,
London's Wigmore Hall, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as on regular recital
broadcasts for the BBC. Ms. Cargill is the recipient of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award,
and she recently recorded a critically acclaimed recital of lieder by Alma and Gustav
Mahler for Linn Records with Mr. Lepper.
Ms. Cargill has sung Waltraute in Götterdämmerung and
Magdalena in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the Metropolitan Opera.
Future roles include Waltraute with the Canadian Opera Company and her
return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and English National Opera.
Performances during Ms. Cargill's
include Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Handel's Messiah with The
Philadelphia Orchestra; Berlioz's Les nuits d'été with The Cleveland Orchestra;
Elgar's Sea Pictures, Op. 37, with the
; Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
with the London Symphony Orchestra; Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with the
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Kindertotenlieder,
and Das Lied von der Erde conducted by Robin Ticciati; and the Wesendonck
Lieder conducted by Emmanuel Krivine with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Cargill
will also make her debut at the Salzburg Festival this season.
Ms. Cargill regularly sings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic
Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Chamber Orchestra of
Europe, London Symphony Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. She has worked with
conductors such as James Levine, Donald Runnicles, Valery Gergiev, Yannick Nézet-Séguin,
Myung-Whun Chung, Bernard Haitink, and Sir Simon Rattle.