Karen Kamensek

Conductor Karen Kamensek makes her San Francisco Opera debut in 2014. Music director of the Hannover State Theater since 2011, her previous and upcoming productions there include Lady Macbeth of Mtensk, Così fan tutte, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has led productions at Opera Australia, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin’s Komische Oper, Bordeaux Opera, Dortmund Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Theater, and Stuttgart Opera, among others. Kamensek cooperates closely with Philip Glass whose work Orphée she performed as the world premiere with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. The premiere of Orphée at the Festival in Weikersheim in Germany with the Jeunesses Musicales was her European debut. She also conducted Glass´ world premiere of Les Enfants Terribles at the Spoleto Festival in the USA (recorded), and his composition for Büchner´s play Wozzeck performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Kamensek was First Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper from 2000 to 2002, and she served as music director of the Freiburg Theater from 2003 to 2006. She has also been interim music director at the Slovenian National Theater and assistant music director at Hamburg State Opera.