Carolyn Sampson

Carolyn Sampson

Carolyn Sampson

Carolyn Sampson is a GRAMMY-nominated British soprano who specialises in historically informed performance.


    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 US. On the opera stage her roles have included the title role in Semele and Pamina in The Magic Flute for the English National Opera, various roles in The Fairy Queen for the Glyndebourne Festival and Anne Truelove in The Rake’s Progress and Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande both for the Scottish Opera. Internationally she has appeared at the Opéra National de Paris, Opéra de Lille, Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier and Opéra National du Rhin. She also sang the title role in Psyché for the Boston Early Music Festival.

    Sampson’s numerous concert engagements have included regular appearances at the BBC Proms and with orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, the Hallé, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra.

    Sampson has a also featured as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and is a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Sampson has worked with con- ductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Riccardo Chailly, Ivor Bolton, Markus Stenz, Philippe Herreweghe, Trevor Pinnock, Louis Langrée, Harry Christophers, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and William Christie. A consummate recitalist, Sampson appears regularly at Wigmore Hall where she was a ‘featured artist’ in the 2014/15 season. She has given recitals at the Oxford Lieder, Saintes and Aldeburgh Festivals as well as the Concertgebouw, Oper Frankfurt and Wiener Konzerthaus.