Highlights of Karen Cargill’s early career include a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and winning the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2002.
Since then, the Scottish mezzo-soprano has worked regularly with such orchestras as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and has collaborated with such leading conductors as Valery Gergiev, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir Simon Rattle. She served as associate artist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2013, and Gramophone named their recording of works by Berlioz, conducted by Robin Ticciati, CD of the Month in June 2013.
Cargill is also active as an opera singer, having appeared at the leading houses of London, New York and Berlin. She also performs frequently with her regular pianist Simon Lepper. Their recording of songs by Alma and Gustav Mahler has garnered wide acclaim.
Cargill is appearing for the first time with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2016–17 season in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.