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Sampson, Carolyn (soprano)
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Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

'Carolyn Sampson, now the best British early music soprano by quite some distance' [Gramophone]

Equally at home on the concert and opera stages, ‘master storyteller’ (Gramophone) soprano Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable success in the UK as well as throughout Europe and the US.

In operatic roles she has performed at the English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Opéra de Lille, Opéra national de Montpellier and Opéra national du Rhin. For the Boston Early Music Festival she sang the title role in Lully’s Psyché, a recording of which was subsequently released and in 2008 was nominated for a Grammy.

Carolyn’s concert engagements have included regular appearances at the BBC Proms and with all the major UK orchestras. In Europe she has performed with the Bergen Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum, Royal Concertgebouw and Vienna Symphony orchestras and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, among others. In the USA she has featured as soloist with the Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit and San Francisco symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, with whom she recorded Mahler’s fourth and eighth symphonies under Osmo Vänskä. She is a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and in 2013 made her Carnegie Hall recital debut to a sold-out audience in the Weill Recital Hall.

A consummate recitalist, Carolyn appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall, where she was a ‘featured artist’ during the 2014/15 season. She has given recitals at the Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder, Saintes and Aldeburgh festivals, and at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Oper Frankfurt, the Pierre Boulez Saal (Berlin) and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Carolyn’s debut song album Fleurs with pianist Joseph Middleton—with whom she has developed a long-standing partnership—was released in 2015 and nominated for a Gramophone Award. Her multi-award-winning albums for BIS, Decca, Harmonia Mundi and Hyperion include A French Baroque Diva with Ex Cathedra (2015 Gramophone Recital Award), a recording of Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Exsultate, iubilate with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan (2017 Choral Award), and Bach’s St Matthew Passion (2020 Choral Award). In 2017 Carolyn was nominated as Gramophone’s Artist of the Year.


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