Equally at home on the concert and opera stages, Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable successes in the UK as well as throughout Europe and the USA. Sampson's roles for English National Opera have included the title role in Semele and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. For Glyndebourne Festival Opera she sang various roles in Purcell's The Fairy Queen, now released on DVD. Internationally she has appeared at Opéra de Paris, Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Montpellier and Opéra National du Rhin. She also sang the title role in Lully's Psyché for the Boston Early Music Festival, which was released on CD and subsequently nominated for a Grammy in 2008.
Sampson's numerous concert engagements in the UK have included regular appearances at the BBC Proms and with orchestras including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, Bach Collegium Japan, Manchester Camerata and The Sixteen. She is a frequent guest with the Hallé and has performed with City of London Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. In Europe her many appearances have included concerts with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Gürzenich Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and a performance of J.C. Bach's Lucio Silla with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. In the USA, Sampson has featured as soloist with San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St Paul Chamber Orchestra and is a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival.
Her many recordings with The King's Consort (Hyperion) include a highly acclaimed CD of Mozart sacred music: Exsultate, jubilate which was selected as BBC Music Magazine's ‘Record of the Month' and also received an ECHO Award. She recorded a highly-acclaimed CD of Stravinsky's Les Noces and Mass (Harmonia Mundi) and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly (Decca). Her numerous other recordings appear on the Harmonia Mundi, BIS, Virgin Classics, DG Archiv, Linn and Vivat labels.
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