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Cargill, Karen (mezzo-soprano)
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Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was the winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She sings regularly with the Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Rotterdam, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, Dresden Staatskapelle, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, working with conductors including Mariss Jansons, Jaap van Zweden, Donald Runnicles, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Daniele Gatti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Robin Ticciati and Edward Gardner. Opera highlights include appearances at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Metropolitan Opera, New York; Deutsche Oper Berlin; and Glyndebourne Festival, with roles including Waltraute in ; Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde; Mère Marie in Dialogues des carmélites; and Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle. Karen appears regularly at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Highlights with her regular recital partner Simon Lepper include appearances at Wigmore Hall (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Kennedy Center (Washington) and Carnegie Hall (New York), as well as regular recitals for BBC Radio 3. With Simon she has recorded a critically acclaimed recital of lieder by Alma and Gustav Mahler for Linn Records, for whom she has also recorded Berlioz' Les nuits d’été and La mort de Cléopâtre with Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In July 2018 Karen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is also Patron of the National Girls’ Choir of Scotland.


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