Carolyn Sampson comes from Bedford, England and read music at the University of Birmingham. A stylish interpreter of the baroque and classical masters, she regularly appears with many of the most respected period instrument groups and conductors: The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The King’s Consort, The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, The Sixteen, The English Concert The Gabrieli Consort, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Il Giardino Armonico, Collegium Vocale Gent under Philippe Herreweghe. Gustav Leonhardt, Harry Christophers, Trevor Pinnock, Masaaki Suzuki, Emmanuel Haïm, Paul McCreesh, Christophe Coin and Giovanni Antonini.
Modern orchestras and choirs with whom she performs include the Orchestre des Champs Elysées The Royal Concertgebouw, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras and RIAS Kammerchor, her repertoire including Brahms, Britten, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert and Stravinsky.
She has recorded Vivaldi, Zelenka, Monteverdi, Handel, Rameau and Lalande for Hyperion, Bach for Harmonia Mundi and Bis, Robert Johnson lute songs for Avie, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for Virgin Classics and Gluck’s Paride ed Elena for DG Archiv.
Carolyn has sung Pamina in The Magic Flute with English National Opera having previously appeared in The Coronation of Poppea and The Fairy Queen with the company. She made her Opéra de Paris début as First Niece in Peter Grimes and has also sung Antonia The Tales of Hoffmann in concert with Richard Hickox at the St Endellion Festival.