October 10, 2012
Canadian soprano Gauvin has made her mark in two contrasting art forms: Baroque repertoire, in which she excels in rapid-fire coloratura, and song, in which her gift for lyric expression comes to the fore. Nominated consistently for Canada’s Juno Award — she has won two so far, for recordings of Handel and Mozart — she has also received the Opus award for her collection of French art songs with Marc-André Hamelin, as well as two Grammy nominations. You may have to go up north to hear her, but, given her extremely beautiful voice, the superb acoustics of the Green Music Center’s new Weil Hall, and music by Debussy, Massenet, and Poulenc in which she’s sure to excel, I wouldn’t miss her long-awaited Bay Area recital debut if I could help it.
Jason Victor Serinus is a music critic, professional whistler, and lecturer on classical vocal recordings. His credits includes Seattle Times, Listen, Opera News, Opera Now, American Record Guide, Stereophile, Classical Voice North America, Carnegie Hall Playbill, Gramophone, San Francisco Magazine, Stanford Live, Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco Examiner, AudioStream, and California Magazine.