Karen Kamensek, Conductor

Conductor Karen Kamensek is equally at home in the opera house as she is on the concert stage. Her impressive repertoire spans iconic staples of the classical canon to compositions by the masters of today.

Ms. Kamensek has frequently collaborated with American composer Philip Glass and has led performances of his Orphée in New York and Germany and conducted the world premiere of Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles at the Spoleto Festival (USA). Additionally, she conducted a new production of Glass’ Akhnaten at the English National Opera in the 2015-16 season, made her BBC Proms debut in 2017 conducting the first ever full live performance of Glass’ Passages.

Having recently celebrated a highly successful 2016-17 season, which saw her debut with the Gothenburg Opera and lead concerts with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao. Highlights of Ms. Kamensek’s 2017-18 season include new productions at the Royal Swedish Opera with the Premiere of Dracula and Malmö Opera with Rigoletto, a return to the English National Opera for another Philip Glass production (Satyagraha), her debuts with the Iceland Symphony and the Israeli Opera with Carmen.

On the concert stage she has appeared as guest conductor with such orchestras as Dortmund Philharmoniker, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Klagenfurter Symphonieorchester, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Monterey Symphony, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestra of the MDR, Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Hamburger Philharmoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle, Sinfonieorchester Basel and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra Ljubljana.

Frequently in demand as a guest conductor with many of today’s most prominent opera companies she has led productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Frankfurt Opera, New York City Opera (touring company), Opera Australia (Melbourne), Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Volksoper Wien, among many others. Major highlights include performances of Britten’s Death in Venice, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Floyd's Susannah, Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Puccini’s Tosca, Verdi’s Otello, and Wagner’s Lohengrin, among others.

In addition to her current position as Music Director of the Staatsoper Hannover, she has also served as the 1st Kapellmeister at the Volksoper Wien (2000 to 2002), Music Director of the Theater Freiburg (2003 to 2006), Interim Music Director at the Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor (2007 to 2008), Associate Music Director at Staatsoper Hamburg (2008 to 2011) and Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Staatsoper Hannover (2011-2016).



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