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Karen Cargill



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).

Cargill was the joint winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She is an active concert performer and regularly sings with the Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Rotterdam, Seoul and Berlin philharmonic orchestras, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductors including Myung-whun Chung, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles and Robin Ticciati. She is a keen recitalist, and made her US recital debut in 2015 at Carnegie Hall, New York, with regular accompanist Simon Lepper.

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. Her recordings include an acclaimed CD of songs by Gustav and Alma Mahler with Lepper for Linn Records.