Conductor Karen Kamensek is equally at home in opera as in concert with a repertoire that spans from the classical to the contemporary. Since 2011 she has been the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Staatsoper Hannover. During her tenure, she has led the ensemble in several new productions, including Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth von Mtsensk, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Puccini’s Il trittico, Detlev Glanert’s Caligula, and Janacek's Jenufa.
In 2016/2017 Karen Kamensek conducted Carmen at the Göteborg Opera.
Karen Kamensek has also conducted new productions of Bernstein's Candide and Weber's Der Freischütz at the Staatsoper Hannover and her debut with the English National Opera in a new production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. An expert of contemporary music, Ms. Kamensek has often collaborated with Glass.
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, San Francisco Opera, and Volksoper Wien, among many others. Major highlights include performances of Britten’s Death in Venice, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Puccini’s Tosca, Verdi’s Otello, and Wagner’s Lohengrin.