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“Kamensek is experienced in Glass’s operas, and under her the orchestra sounded right at home. There was an excellent balance of instrumental colors—and with the singers—and the playing had focus and equipoise, the kind of warmth one can feel, and it flowed and built a profoundly affecting momentum while always held with a light and certain grip.” – New York Classical Review, 2019

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

Due to the global pandemic, Ms. Kamensek's performances from March - May, 2020 have been canceled. This site will be updated as more information becomes available for dates in June 2020 and beyond. 

July 04, 2020

Auditorium Grafenegg

Daniela Fally, soprano

Anett Fritsch, soprano

Peter Kirk, tenor

Markus Werba, baritone

Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz, moderation

Karen Kamensek, conductor


W.A. Mozart -- Overture to Così fan tutte

W.A. Mozart – “Là ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni

W.A. Mozart – “Ah, fuggi il traditor” from Don Giovanni

G. Rossini – “Ecco ridente in cielo” from Il barbiere di Siviglia

W.A. Mozart – “Una donna a quindici anni” from Così fan tutte

G. Donizetti – “Prendi; per me sei libero ... Il mio rigor dimentica” from L'elisir d'amore

G. Verdi – “Era la notte, Cassio dormìa” from Otello

L. Cherubini – Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn

G. Gershwin – Overture to Of Thee I Sing

C. Millöcker – “Ich setz' den Fall” from Der Bettelstudent

J. Strauss – “Klänge der Heimat” from Die Fledermaus

L. Bernstein – “Glitter and be Gay” from Candide

J. Kern – “Make Believe” from Show Boat

A. Sullivan – “I've got a Little List” from The Mikado or The Town of Titipu

M. Wilson – “Trouble” from The Music Man

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“...Karen Kamensek’s authoritative conducting of the Met orchestra...From the start of the overture, the score bathed the ear in textured sound that conveyed, in its gently shifting luminosity, something of the distance of the archaic.”

The Washington Post, 2019

"Kamensek…deservedly earning the biggest applause of the night during the final curtain.”

Opera Wire, 2019

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

Bachtrack, 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, 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.


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