“...conductor Karen Kamensek weaves everything into a wonderful, ever shifting tapestry of sound.” — Bachtrack, David Karlin 2016

About Karen

The 2019/20 season demonstrates Karen Kamensek’s remarkable versatility and expansive artistry. Among her high-profile conducting debuts this season is her long-awaited Metropolitan Opera debut with Glass’ Akhnaten—a production, under her direction, that recently won the coveted Olivier Award in London—as well as debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Diverse repertoire, additional debuts, welcome returns and dynamic collaborations round out Ms. Kamensek’s 2019/20 season. Works by Glass, Takemitsu, Pépin, Shankar, Beethoven, Mozart, Walton and Ravel outline her numerous guest-conducting appearances.


Ms. Kamensek will make additional debuts in 2019/20 with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Minnesota Opera conducting Mozart’s Don Giovanni. A new production of Puccini’s La Bohème will usher in her welcome return to the Göteborg Opera.


In 2019/20 Ms. Kamensek will collaborate with such renowned singers as Anthony Roth Costanzo and J’Nai Bridges; directors such as Phelim McDermott; and instrumentalists such as Daniel Hope, Alban Gerhardt and Anoushka Shankar.

Upcoming Performances

November 08, 2019

Philip Glass: Akhnaten

Dísella Lárusdóttir, Queen Tye

J'Nai Bridges, Nefertiti

Anthony Roth Costanzo, Akhnaten

Aaron Blake, High Priest of Amon

Will Liverman, Horemhab

Richard Bernstein, Aye

Zachary James, Amenhotep, The Scribe

Phelim McDermott, director

November 23, 2019

Philip Glass: Akhnaten

*This production of Akhnaten will also be shown live in cinemas on this date. To watch the event click here

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...conductor Karen Kamensek weaves everything into a wonderful, ever shifting tapestry of sound.”

Bachtrack, David Karlin 2016

“Keeping it all under a tight rein was conductor Karen Kamensek, making a most laudable ENO debut. The orchestra clearly found her direction stimulating, as they were on top form throughout.”

Seen and Heard International, Colin Clarke, 2016

Ms. Kamensek talks with Operabiz Podcast host Daniel Welch about making her Metropolitan Opera conducting debut this season, her road to conducting, her collaboration with Philip Glass, and a largely European career. She shares her insights on Glass' music as well as a fresh perspective on life on the podium.


For booking information, please contact:

ARSIS Artist Management GmbH

in collaboration with Michael Lewin International

Mag. Gabriele Trombitas 


Managing Director

+ 43 699 1075 4898

Schleifmühlgasse 7/11 I A-1040 Wien



For public relations inquiries, please contact:

Raechel Alexander
RA Communications


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Karen Kamensek, conductor

Photo Credit: Denise Biffar