Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill made her Royal Opera debut in 2012 as Waltraute (Die Walküre) and Second Norn (Götterdämmerung) in Der Ring des Nibelungen, and has since sung Dryad (Ariadne auf Naxos) for the Company, a role she reprises in the 2015/16 Season.
After playing several instruments in a brass band as a child, Cargill went on to study 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 performs regularly at the BBC Proms, and is also a keen recitalist.
Cargill's 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.