Award-Winning Baroque and Opera Singer Karina Gauvin Comes to BYU

Award-Winning Baroque and Opera Singer Karina Gauvin Comes to BYU

Karina Gauvin, critically acclaimed performer and singer, will be performing at BYU’s Madsen Recital Hall this November


In the world of opera and Baroque music, there are few sopranos praised more than Karina Gauvin. The Canadian singer has been commended by reviewers throughout the world for her skill, depth of tone and variety of choral color.

“She has been a queen of Baroque opera for years,” wrote Richard Dyer of Opera News.

BYU audiences will have the opportunity to hear Gauvin for themselves when she performs Nov. 14 at the Madsen Recital Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center.

The repertoire of songs Gauvin will be singing on Nov. 14 has been specifically tailored to expose the audience to Gauvin’s strengths and skills as an artist. The singer, described by Natasha Gauthier as “one of the most acclaimed Handel and Mozart opera specialists of the day,” will be singing arias from three of Handel’s operas, “Guilio Cesare,” “Alessandro,” and “Rinaldo.” Gauvin will also be singing Debussy, a composer whose work the soprano has worked with and received critical acclaim for many times.

Born to professionally trained opera singers, Gauvin entered the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus at age eight. She began studying vocal performance at the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec a Montreal after a year of studying music history at McGill University. She received her first internationally recognized awards a few years later at the Guelph Spring Festival National Vocal Competition in London and at the Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition in Holland.

“Gauvin has a vocal dexterity which I can only describe as angelic,” said Bridget Benton, director of the BRAVO! Series. “Her subtlety and nuance allow her to have a true command over Baroque repertoire. We are so excited that she has agreed to bring the works of Handel, Bizet and Debussy to life here at BYU.”

“I have been a fan of Karina Gauvin’s elegant singing for many years,” said Darrell Babidge, BYU associate professor in the School of Music and a vocal performer. “She encapsulates stunning technique with a warm and full sound that all will revel in.”

Gauvin will perform on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Harris Fine Arts Center’s Ticket Office and online.


Photo Credit: Michael Slobodian