Karen Vourc'h

French soprano (1976 - )

Previous student of the École Normale in quantum physics, Karen Vourc’h is an eclectic lyrical artist, appreciated for the beauty of her timbre and the sensitivity of her interpretations.

After a baccalauréat in science and a preparatory class in mathematics for the École Normale Supérieure, Karen Vourc’h continued her education in Montreal, doing a curriculum of quantum mechanics at the McGill University. At the same time, she was taking singing lessons with the mezzo-soprano Nora Sourouzian. Back in Paris in 1999, she was admitted at the École Normale de Paris with a degree in theoretical physics and carried on with her singing training with a teacher who was also Natalie Dessay’s coach. Torn between her two passions, Karen Vourc’h finally decided to focus on her singing and joined a master class by Christa Ludwig she would encourage her to pursue on this path. That encounter was decisive. Following many competitions, Karen Vourc’h joined the International Opera Studio in Zurich and then the upgrading cycle of the Paris Conservatoire.

Scheduled in many prestigious opera productions in France and in Europe, Karen Vourc’h was for example unanimously acclaimed after her performance as Mélisande at the Opéra Comique, in Saint Petersburg or more recently at the Royal Albert Hall during the Proms in London. However, she kept a very strong connection with chamber music and frequently works with the Trio Wonderer, pianists Vanessa Wagner and Anne le Bozec, the Moragues quintet or the cellist Sonia-Wieder Atherton. She also sang conducted by reputed conductors such as Louis Langrée, Sir John Eliott Gardiner, Alain Altinoglu, Jérémie Rohrer, Michel Plasson. In 2009, Karen Vourc’h got a Victoire de la Musique classique in the Revelation category and received as well thePrix Del Duca from the Académie des Beaux-Arts

Five landmark dates in the life of Karen Vourc’h

1998: Did a curriculum in quantum mechanics as the McGill University in Montreal. 

2001: Met mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig during a master class

2009: Won a Victoire de la musique classique in the Revelation category

2010: Released a first album with a solo recital, accompanied by pianist Susan Manoff, on Aparté. 

2011: Plays Blanche de la Force in the Dialogues of the Carmelites – stage direction by Robert Carsen, conducted by Michel Plasson – the production receives the Prix Edmond Rostand de la Critique.

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