Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, the University of Toronto and the National Opera Studio in London and was the joint winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award.

Recent and future concert highlights include Mahler Resurrection Symphony with The Boston Symphony Orchestra and James Levine; Mahler Symphony No 3 with Michael Tilson-Thomas at Tanglewood; Yannick Nézet-Séquin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Myung Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras; a reinvitation from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to sing Mahler Symphony No 8 with Sir Simon Rattle; Tippett A Child of our Time with Robin Ticciati in Rotterdam and Vienna; Mahler Rückert Lieder with both the Residentie and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras and Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles. In the 2009/10 season she was Artist in Association of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra where she appeared Berlioz La Mort de Cléopâtre and L’enfance du Christ and Wagner Wesendonck Lieder.

Future opera plans include her US opera debut at the Metropolitan Opera singing Waltraute Götterdämmerung and Anna Les Troyens both conducted by James Levine and her German opera debut singing Waltraute at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with Donald Runnicles. She will also make her Royal Opera, Covent Garden debut singing First Norn in their Ring Cycle with Anthony Pappano. Karen has also appeared with Scottish Opera as Rosina in Rossini The Barber of Seville, returning in the 2009/10 season to sing Isabella in Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri, and at English National Opera as Suzuki Madam Butterfly in the highly acclaimed Anthony Minghella production Karen’s regular UK appearances include concerts with the BBC Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras. Regular visits to the BBC Proms have included Mendelssohn Elijah with Kurt Masur; Constant Lambert The Rio Grande at the Last Night of the Proms and Waltraute Götterdämmerung and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde, both with Donald Runnicles.

Past highlights have included Beethoven Symphony No 9 in New York with Bernard Haitink, Berlioz L’enfance du Christ and Verdi Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis in London, both recorded for LSO Live; Waltraute Götterdämmerung with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle; Berlioz Les Nuits d’Eté with the LPO; Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Hallé Orchestra and Marc Albrecht and Mahler Resurrection Symphony with the LSO and Michael Tilson Thomas, a work she has also performed with the Orchestre Nationale du Capitole de Toulouse, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Karen Cargill has appeared at the Wigmore Hall both in solo recitals with Simon Lepper and in a concert with the Nash Ensemble. Karen will return to the Wigmore in 2011 in a duo recital with Sally Matthews and other recent recital appearances have included a performance of Brahms Songs Op 91 with Maxim Rysanov and Katya Apekisheva as part of the BBC Lunchtime Concert Series at LSO St Luke's, London.
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