Karen Vourc'h, soprano

Karen Vourc'h is an eclectic artist, particularly appreciated for her beauty of tone and for the sensitivity of her interpretations. Vourc'h has received the del Duca Grand Prix of the Acad.mie des Beaux-Arts and the Victoire de la Musique Classique awards. Internationally she has also won numerous awards, including Toulouse, New Voices, Verviers and Montserrat Caballé.

After joining the Paris Conservatoire and the Opera Studio in Zurich, where she sang in Die Zauberflöte für Kinder, Fekluša in Katya Kabanova under the direction of Christoph von Dohnànyi and with Mirella Freni in Fedora, she quickly engaged in many theatres in France and abroad.


Karen Vourc'h is notably acclaimed for her interpretations of French operas: Dialogues des Carmelites with Michel Plasson and Robert Carsen received the E. Rostand Critics Award in 2011, and she sang the title role in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Op.ra Comique in Paris, at the London Proms and at the NHK Tokyo.


Karen Vourc'h is appreciated in the repertoire of the 20th century composers, including Messiaen, E.tv.s, Debussy, Honegger, Menotti and Poulenc. She is also a beloved interpreter of Kaija Saariaho's music: Vourc'h has been singing Émilie in Amsterdam and in Porto as well as Passion de Simone at the Bratislava Festival, in Lublin and at the Festival de Saint Denis in Paris.


Vourc'h is a welcome guest at numerous festivals in France and abroad, including Bouffes du Nord, Aix en Provence, Bangkok, Harstadt, Essaouira and the Messiaen festival. She regularly collaborates in chamber music with pianists Susan Manoff, Vanessa Wagner and Emmanuel Christien, with the Moragues Quintet, the Trio Wanderer and with the cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton. Her discography includes Scandinavian and French melodies as well as a CD of Monteverdi's and Rossi's madrigals
with Geoffrey Jourdain.

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Kaija Saariaho

70 Years

(Digital album)


ODE 1407-2

Released 01/2023

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Kaija Saariaho
Quatre instants (2002)
Terra memoria for String Orchestra
Émilie Suite

Karen Vourc'h, soprano
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Marko Letonja, conductor
ODE 1255-2

Released 01/2015

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