Karina Gauvin | Photo : Michael Slobodian

BRITANNIA : Karina Gauvin and les Illuminations

September 29, 2022
7:30 p.m.


conducted by
Jean-François Rivest

Karina Gauvin, soprano

± 80 minutes
with intermission

Our journey will begin in the British Isles, a group of islands with so many myths and legends. The British Isles have always captured our imagination with stories of the Knights of the Round Table, Loch Ness, Robin Hood, and dragons and druids. We will discover these stories once again through magical works by Britten, Walton, Holst, and Elgar. In our rendition, the High Priestess is unquestionably the wonderful soprano Karina Gauvin. Her creativity will shine through Britten’s sublime Illuminations 

—    Jean-François Rivest

Thursday, September 29, 2022
7:30 p.m.

Pierre-Mercure Hall of the  Pierre-Péladeau Centre


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Karina Gauvin | Photo : Michael Slobodian

Karina Gauvin


Recognized for her absolute mastery of the Baroque repertoire, Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin sings Bach, Mahler, Britten and the music of the 20th and 21st centuries with equal success.  

Mrs Gauvin has sung with the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, as well as Baroque orchestras such as, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Accademia Bizantina, Il Complesso Barocco, the English Concert, Collegium 1704, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. 

She has performed under conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ivor Bolton, Michel Plasson, Mikko Frank, Teodor Currentzis, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Labadie, Christophe Rousset, Václav Luks, Jérémie Rhorer and the late Alan Curtis among others. 

Her extensive discography – more than 50 titles – has won her numerous awards, including a “Chamber Music America Award” for her “Fête Galante” disc with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, 3 Grammy nominations for her recordings with the Boston Early Music Orchestra and several Juno and Opus Prizes. During the pandemic, Ms. Gauvin participated in an extensive recording project to record the complete songs of Jules Massenet, due out in the fall of 2022. 



Brook Green Suite 
Duration: approx. 8 minutes


Serenade op. 20
Duration: approx. 12 minutes


Les Illuminations (for soprano and strings)
Duration: approx. 22 minutes 30 secondes


Sonata for String Orchestra
Duration: approx. 26 minutes

Julie Triquet plays on a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin, generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela. 
Christian Prévost plays on a Rafelle and Antonio Gagliano violin, Naples (ca.18xx) and a Jean Joseph Martin bow (ca.1880), kindly lent by CANIMEX.
Amélie Benoit Bastien plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, Paris, ca. 1845, number 1672, Stradivarius model and a Eugène Sartory bow, Paris, ca. 1935, courtesy of CANIMEX.  
Annie Guénette plays on a Josef Gagliano 1768 violin and a Lamy bow, generously loaned by CANIMEX. 
Tim Halliday plays the 2014 Kolia cello by Mira Gruszow and Gideon Baumblatt, generously on loan from Mr. David B. Sela.
Marieve Bock plays the Maucotel cello, Paris, 1849, courtesy of CANIMEX.