Scotland has several musicians who operate at the very highest international level. Pianist Steven Osborne is one. Donald Runnicles, who was knighted this week, is another. Also at that level is the wonderful mezzo soprano Karen Cargill. Trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland she now sings regularly with the Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Rotterdam and Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras working with conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Edward Gardner, Mirga Gražinytėtyla. Opera highlights have included appearances at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Metropolitan Opera, New York; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Montpellier Opera; Glyndebourne Festival and Edinburgh Festival. Hers is a voice of quite extraordinary beauty, subtlety and power which enables her to manage the most delicate French song and dominate an entire symphony orchestra in Wagner. We are very lucky to have her in Scotland. Wrap your ears round these examples!
Karen sings Mahler's Second Symphony with the Concertgebouw - click here
Karen sings the Damnation of Faust - click here
Karen sings Poulenc at the Metropolitan Opera - click here
Karen sIngs Mahler as part of My Light Shines on at the 2020 Edinburgh International Festival online - click here