Sabina Cvilak is quickly becoming one of the world’s leading lyric sopranos, enjoying an international career in opera and concert.
Most recent and future projects include Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at NNTT Tokyo as well as Cio-cio san and Micaela at Slovenian Nationa Theatre and recital Gala Tebaldi at Piccolo Festival among others.
Other engagements include Katya Kabanova, Sieglinde in Walkure, Gutrune in Göttterdämmerung at Staatstheater Wiesbaden as well as Turandot, Mahler Nr.2, Tatjana. Her US debut as Mimi in La Boheme in Washington National Opera reviewed 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”, was such a triumpf that is brought her back to Washington to play Micheala in a new production of Bizet’s Carmen and as Liu in new production of Puccini’s Turandot.
Further concerts include her performance in War requiem at Kitara Hall in Sapporo, she performed concerts as well with Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid, in Brussel Bozar with Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie and BBC Orchestra London in great Royal Albert Hall with conductors, Semyon Bychkov, Ludovic Morlot and Tadaaki Otaka.
Sabina Cvilak was born in Maribor, Slovenia. After her graduation 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 Lortzin’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, 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 derWien, 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 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’ Four Last Songs with the Slovene Philhamonic Orchestra and Istanbul state Orchestra. She sang the soprano roles in Mahler’s 8th Symphony with Valery Gergiev, Brahms Requiem, Mahler 2nd Symphony, 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 Netherlands Philharmonics in Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Four Last Songs by Strauss with the Istanbul State Orchestra, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater
in Turin, Kitty in Adam’s Doctor Atomic in Helsinki, Nedda in I Pagliacci in Mumbai. She performed Thais and Nedda in Helsinki opera. Fiordiligi in opera Cologne, Tatjana in Evgenij Oneging in Maribor Opera and Malmo opera. Recently she presented herself as Blanche in Les dielogues des Carmelites, Vittelia in La clemenza di Tito, Lisa in Land of smiles.