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Karmina Šilec

Karmina Šilec is a world known conductor, author of music theatre projects and artistic director of Carmina Slovenica and Choregie.

Karmina Šilec

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Karmina Šilec has brought freshness and originality to the world of vocal music, opening new spaces of expression, persuasiveness, intensity of experience, and communication. With "Choregie - vocal theatre" and its innovative interventions, she has opened wider artistic spaces and set trends towards complex multi-media events – productions performed on stages of festivals worldwide and broadcasted by the EBU and Eurovision.

Each Choregie project signed by Karmina Šilec is an expedition into the field of the unknown and the unexplored. Artistically her projects are results of a thorough research of music, juxtapositioning different arts by merging the old and the contemporary, which creates new, exciting contexts. Within the uncompromising frame of the highest standards she continuously proves that vocal ensembles can be outstanding, versatile artistic bodies - superb instruments which are constantly opening up to new creative spaces.

Her Choregie concept of vocal theatre was performed on stages worldwide – from Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall to the Theater Basel, Teresa Carreño Theatre in Caracas, and from Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Davis Symphony Hall San Francisco to Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

Her company Carmina Slovenica has been invited to art events of the highest esteem such as the World Music Days (organized by the ISCM), Ruhrtrienalle, Festival d'Automne á Paris, Moscow Easter Festival, Operndage Rotterdam, Dresdner Musikfestspiele,  Melbourne Festival, the European Symposium on Choral Music (organized by the IFCM), Steirischer Herbst, Golden Mask Moscow, Holland festival, America Cantat, Prototype festival New York, etc.

As conductor and director Karmina Šilec has projects with various companies and ensembles worldwide among them Theater Basel, SNG Opera Ljubljana, Radio Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Maribor, Slovenian National Project Choir, ensemble ¡Kebataola! and many others.

Karmina Šilec has received more than 20 of the highest international awards and special recognitions, among them the award by the ITI – International Theatre Institute "Music Theatre Now" in the category Music beyond opera, Golden Mask Award, the prestigious International Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music for her exceptional contribution to the world choir movement, and the Prešeren Found Award. In 2017 Karmina Šilec has been nominated for the Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities.

There are few artistic teams in Slovenia as widely recognized in the international arena as can undoubtedly be said for Karmina Šilec’s outstanding ensembles Carmina Slovenica and ¡Kebataola!, together with the movements she created.

With her boldness, provocativeness and erudition Karmina Šilec transformed various ensembles into superior artistic formations of the highest rank. She expanded the field of choral, chamber and solo singing to reach unimaginable extensions of the most complex creative space of an all-encompassing multi-form work of art. Based on thorough research she created a whole range of conceptual, stylistically and thematically perfected projects, among them VOGP Music of survival, David Lang: The little match girl passion, Evergreen,  Fauvel,  Toxic Psalms - Ultimate Collective Experience, Placebo, Fortuna Won't Be Fauvel's Match!, Was haben si gegen Bauern, gnädige Frau?, From Time Immemorial..., Vampirabile, Spixody, Who'd have thought that the snow falls, Vertical Thoughts, CS Light, Rusalki, and others.


Karmina Šilec has received more than 20 of the highest international awards and special recognitions, among them:

  • the award by the ITI – International Theatre Institute "Music Theatre Now" in the category Music beyond opera;
  • nomination for the Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities (2017);
  • the international Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music for her exceptional contribution to the world choir movement;
  • the Prešeren Found Award;
  • 2018-2019 Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard Universit.

… the grandiosity of the staging rivals what one might see at the Met … an overwhelming aural and visual experience… Šilec presents her arcana with a heavy dose of beauty and wonder…
(Theatre Mania)

… vibrantly theatrical, genre-blurring, unusual in its techniques, eclectic in its musical style and politically charged… one hopes CS will become a regular visitor to New York…
(The New York Times)

… CS is the musical answer to Bausch's groundbreaking concept of Tantztheater … 
(Opera World)

… strikingly staged by Karmina Silec …jaw-droppingly gorgeous singing…
(New York Observer)

… joyous moments of collective energy or anarchy that these astonishing performers shone, and the piece itself really came alive…
(The Telegraph)

... Šilec is savvy about maintaining dramatic momentum, and the performers execute every shift in tone with subtlety and agility...
(The New York Times)

… with that marvellous energy, composure and professionalism… with astonishing perfection ...
(La Monde)

...  polished theatricality to the mix as well as an ambiguity all too rare in American performance. …all add up to an evening that’s bracing yet, perversely enough, enchanting…
(The New York Times)

… haunting theatrical moments …
(Wall Street Journal)

… like laser beams through the soul… you have to hear and see it to be able to believe it…

… a harmonious body of music, movement, theatre as well as outstanding performance of the singers moved the audience…
(Wiener Zeitung)

... a theatre wich aims for perfection in any discipline ... in audience you cannot do much more than almost breathless look and marvel so much quality ...
(Opera Magazin)

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