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Karen Cargill



Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill sings Dryad (Ariadne auf Naxos) for The Royal Opera in their 2013/14 Season. Cargill made her Royal Opera debut in September 2012 as Waltraute (Die Walküre) and Second Norn (Götterdämmerung) in The Royal Opera’s second revival of Keith Warner’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Cargill’s musical education included playing several instruments in a brass band. She studied singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Toronto University and the National Opera Studio, and was the joint winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She is an active concert performer, and makes regular appearances with the UK’s leading orchestras, and with orchestras including the Berlin, Rotterdam and Boston Philharmonic Orchestras and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has sung eight times at the BBC Proms. Cargill is also a keen recitalist.

Her other operatic appearances include Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) for Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Anna (Les Troyens) for the Metropolitan Opera, Suzuki (Madam Butterfly) for English National Opera and Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) for Scottish Opera. Cargill lives in Scotland with her husband and young son.