WINNIPEG, FALL — Soprano Karina Gauvin is one of Canada's great lyric sopranos and, in the words of MCO Music Director Anne Manson, is "the greatest singer of Handel in the world." A veteran star performer of the high-flown operas of Rameau and Handel, her recital with the MCO clears away the powdered wigs and elaborate costumes to showcase one of the richest, nimblest, and most captivating voices of today.
The Québécoise's many decorations include 'Soloist of the Year' (Médias francophones publics), and she's sung with the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic as well as numerous leading Baroque ensembles.
She may be "a queen of Baroque opera" (Opera News), but at our November concert you'll hear her execute the vocal gymnastics of Mozart as majestically as the Queen of the Night herself. Alongside the MCO & conductor-bassoonist Mathieu Lussier, she performs no fewer than four works by Mozart — including arias K217, K369, and others from The Shepherd King and The Marriage of Figaro.
For good measure, we've also added a few Baroque works, one of which, Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in E Minor, will see Lussier swap his baton for his bassoon. The polymathic Lussier also has two works on the program that he'll play-conduct: the charming Spring Lullaby and Bassango — a delicious tango for bassoon and orchestra!
As associate conductor of the Les Violons du Roy chamber orchestra, Mathieu Lussier has conducted over 100 concerts in Canada, Mexico, and the US. He's also a gifted composer and bassoonist, in which roles he has engagements all over the world. Lussier teaches Baroque bassoon at McGill University and modern bassoon as the Université du Québec à Montréal. Click here for concert preview.