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Sabina Cvilak

Sabina Cvilak

Sabina Cvilak is quickly becoming one of the world’s leading lyric sopranos, enjoying an international career in opera and concert. Her US debut as Mimi in La bohème at the Washington National Opera was praised by MET weekly: "Soprano Sabina Cvilak brings real pathos and presence to her Mimi and she is one of the best sopranos who graced the WNO in seasons”. Her performance was such a triumph that it brought her back to Washington to play Micaëla in a new production of Bizet’s Carmen and as Liù in new production of Puccini’s Turandot.

Sabina Cvilak was born in Maribor, Slovenia. After her graduation in 1996, she studied singing with Professor Annemarie Zeller in Graz and graduated with distinction in singing. During her studies, Sabina won several competitions and was a frequent guest at the Leoben City theatre in Austria, singing roles in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Léhar’s operetta Der Zarewitsch, Kálmán’s operetta Gräfin Mariza and Albert Lortzing’s comic opera Der Wildschütz.

She debuted in Vienna in a Keith Warner production of Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth and was then engaged to sing the soprano part of Marie in Schubert‘s oratorio Lazarus at the MDR Musiksommer in 2003. She also made her debut at the Hamburg Staatsoper in the role of Liù in Puccini’s Turandot in 2003 and was later invited by the Savonlinna Opera Festival to sing the role in Singapore, as well as successfully making her debut as Liù in a new production of Turandot at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. Further engagements included the role of Micaëla in a new production of Bizet’s Carmen, a recital at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste and Mendelssohn's Elias. In 2004 she appeared in the role of Antonia at the Savonlinna Festival in a new production of Les contes d’Hoffmann and after her acclaimed debut, she was invited to reprise the role in 2005. In 2004, she also sang at the Klangbogen Festival in Vienna and in a concert performance of Mozart’s Il Re Pastore with the Wiener Akademie in Theater an der Wien. In the 2004/05 season Sabina became ‘Karajan-demy’ and was a member of the Vienna State Opera. She appeared in Die Zauberflöte, L’elisir d’amore, Le nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, Daphne, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung and Parsifal and accompanied the Vienna State Opera with Maestro Seji Ozawa conducting, on tour to Japan. She was then engaged for the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre National de Belgique in Brussels and debuted as Nedda in I Pagliacci, as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Marguerite in Faust in Slovenia. She was also invited to the Wiener Festwochen, Festival d’Aix en Provence, to the Theater an der Wien, Luxembourg, and to sing in concerts with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and with the Slovene, Dresden, Beograd, Bratislava, Lithuanian and Zagreb Philharmony. Following an invitation from tenor Placido Domingo, Sabina started the 2007/08 Season with a triumphant debut in the role of Mimì at Washington National Opera and was then invited to return immediately to WNO in the following season, to sing the roles of Liù and Micaëla, the latter also being sung with Los Angeles Opera. In the 2010 season Sabina debuted for Opera Cologne, Opera Palma de Mallorca and Opera Helsinki as Mimì in La bohème and also appeared as Desdemona for Palm Beach opera, Marzenka in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride in Valencia, Micaëla in Pamplona and Mimì in Hong Kong. She has also accompanied tenor Andrea Bocelli on tours in Asia and the United Kingdom, Europe and amongst other concerts, has recently performed Strauss’s Four last songs with the Slovene Philhamonic Orchestra. She sang the soprano roles in Mahler’s 8th Symphony with Valery Gergiev, Brahms’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Glasgow and Edinburgh with the Scottish Royal Orchestra and Britten’s War Requiem with the Orchestre National de France in Paris conducted by Semyon Bychkov and the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda in London and New York. She sang an evening with the Netherlands Philharmonics in Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Four last songs by Strauss with the Istanbul State Orchestra, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater in Turin, Kitty in Adam’s Doctor Atomic in Helsinki, Nedda in I Pagliacci in Mumbai. In 2014, she sang the role of Vitellia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito (staged at the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy). In 2015, she made a notable debut as Blanche in Poulenc’s lyric opera Dialogues des carmélites (staged by K. Dolenčić for the Slovene National Opera in Maribor). She is also a regular guest soloist of the Malmö Opere, where she sang the role of Tatiana (Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky). 

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