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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Karina Gauvin, soprano

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 2 PM / Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto
Single Tickets: $69.50 - $29.50 / Call 416-872-4255, or buy online
or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

Toronto, ON. January 21, 2010 Canadas Queen of Song, soprano Karina Gauvin, brings her exhilarating artistry to Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday, February 14 at 2 PM for a special Valentines Day recital featuring love songs by Scarlatti, Chausson, Bizet, Ravel and Kurt Weill. The occasion marks Ms. Gauvins Roy Thomson Hall recital debut and also launches the Halls 2009/2010 International Vocal Recitals, an annual four-concert series devoted to showcasing the worlds leading opera stars.  Ms. Gauvin is accompanied by the esteemed Canadian pianist Michael McMahon.

A graduate of the Montreal Conservatory of Music, Karina Gauvin has thrilled audiences worldwide in major opera houses and concert halls from Londons Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to New Yorks Lincoln Center. She has appeared with many of the worlds leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Orchestre Symphonique de Montral, as well as such major period instrument ensembles as Musica Antiqua Kln, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy.

Often referred to as a dream soprano, Karina Gauvin has been praised for both her stunningly expressive vocal quality as well as her musical intelligence. Among her many career highlights are Mozarts Requiem and Bachs Magnificat with the Chicago Symphony under Helmuth Rilling, and her Carnegie Hall debut in Bachs B Minor Mass under Peter Schreier. Ms. Gauvin sang the title role in Handels Alcina with Gabrieli Consort at the Beaune Festival in France; sang Iole in Handels Hercules with Akademie fr Alte Musik Berlin; and last season toured Europe with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in Vivaldis Juditha Triumphans. In 2003 she sang the title role in Georg Conradis opera Ariadne for the Boston Early Music Festival; the live performance was later released on the CPO label and nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006.

A prolific and widely successful recording artist with more than 20 releases, Karina Gauvins albums over the past decade have consistently been nominated for the Juno Award and twice for the Grammy Award.  Two of the albums, Handels Silete Venti / Apollo e Daphne and Mozarts Requiem with Les Violons du Roy, won the Juno Award in 2001 and 2003, respectively. She has recorded extensively for the international labels Deutsche Grammophon, Nave and CPO as well as the Montreal-based labels Analekta and Atma. Her recent portrayal of Manlio in Vivaldi's Tito Manlio on the Nave label was called "riveting" by Opera News; and her recording of Lullys Psych on the CPO label was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award. Her most recent album features arias from the operas of Nicola Porpora, released in August 2009 on Atma, her sixth recording for that label. For more information, visit

Roy Thomson Halls 4-concert 2009/2010 International Vocal Recitals:   
Subscriptions Still Available - Call 416-872-4255
1)  Karina Gauvin, soprano; Michael McMahon, piano Sunday, February 14/10, 2PM
2)  Nathan Gunn, baritone; Julie Gunn, piano Wednesday, March 10/10, 8PM   
3) Alexandra Deshorties, soprano; Howard Watkins, piano Sunday, April 25/10, 2PM        
4)  Joseph Calleja, tenor; Craig Rutenberg, piano Friday, May 28/10, 8PM (rescheduled from Nov.15/09)



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