Conductor Karen Kamensek is equally at home in opera as in concert with a repertoire that spans from the classical to the contemporary. Between 2011 and 2016 she was the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Staatsoper Hannover. During her tenure, she 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.
The 2018/19 season clearly demonstrates Ms. Kamensek’s remarkable versatility and expansive artistry. Making several high-profile conducting debuts alongside many welcome returns, her repertoire this season includes works by Philip Glass, Tansy Davies, Thea Musgrave, Shostakovich, R. Strauss, Mahler and Beethoven as well as a revival of English National Opera’s Philip Glass’ Akhnaten—a production, under her direction, that recently won the coveted Olivier Award in London, and with which she will be making her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2019. Ms. Kamensek returns to the Göteborg Opera this season following her last performances with the company in 2016/17 of Bizet’s Carmen.
Ms. Kamensek makes no less than seven debuts and several welcome returns in 2018/19 with many of Europe’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Debuts include: Norrköpings Symfoniorkester, Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Oslo Philharmonic and L’Orchestre Chambre de Paris. Following highly-acclaimed performances, Ms. Kamensek makes returns to: Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK); Malmö Operaorkester; the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine; and the Royal Swedish Opera.
Ms. Kamensek 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), and Associate Music Director at Staatsoper Hamburg (2008 to 2011).