Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, University of Toronto and the NationalOpera Studio, London and was the winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award.

Past and future highlights with her regular recital partner Simon Lepper include appearances at the Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kennedy Centre Washington, and in her New York recital debut at the Carnegie Hall, as well as regular recitals live on BBC Radio Three.

Concert plans this season and beyond include Verdi Requiem with Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séquin and at the Edinburgh International Festival with the BBC SSO and Donald Runnicles; Berlioz Les nuits d’étés and La mort de Cléopâtre with the London Symphony and Valery Gergiev; Schönberg Gurrelieder with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle and Duruflé Requiem in Stockholm and Munich with Robin Ticciati while on the opera stage she will return to the Metropolitan Opera, New York to sing Magdalene Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Waltraute for the Canadian Opera Company and, in concert, Béatrice in Berlioz Béatrice et Bénedict with the SCO and Ticciati.

Karen regularly sings with Boston, Rotterdam, Seoul and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras with conductors including James Levine, Yannick Nézet-Séquin, Myung Whun Chung, Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Robin Ticciati and the late Sir Colin Davis. Opera highlights have included roles with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Metropolitan Opera, New York and Deutsche Opera, Berlin.

In 2013 Karen was appointed Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Past performances together have included Berlioz La mort de Cléopâtre, L’enfance du Christ and Les nuits d’été, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde and Wagner Wesendonck Lieder. Their recent Linn Records recording of Berlioz Les nuits d’été and La mort de Cléopâtre with Robin Ticciati was Gramophone magazine recording of the month in June 2013.

An early highlight was singing Mendelssohn Elijah with Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and since then, her regular relationships with the BBC Symphony and Scottish Symphony Orchestras have taken her back to the Proms to sing Mahler Symphony No 3; Mahler Das Lied von der Erde and Waltraute as well as Constant Lambert The Rio Grande at a ‘Last Night’.