Soprano Sabina Cvilak is the most successful Slovenian ‘lirico spinto’ soprano, enjoying an international career with both opera and concert repertoire. Her Katya Kabanova at Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden in 2015 was such a huge sensation that she was invited back to sing Mimi (La Bohéme), Sieglinde (Die Walküre) and Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) in the 2016/17 season.
In 2015, she also sang a critically acclaimed Tatiana in Eugene Onegin at the Malmö Opera in Sweden under the baton of Michail Jurowski.
Cvilak’s international career started in 2003 at the Hamburg Opera as Liù in Turandot. In Vienna she debuted at the Festival „Wiener KlangBogen“ in Keith Warner’s production of Macbeth by Ernest Bloch. In season 2004/2005, she was engaged as a member of the Vienna state opera, singing mainly “comprimario” roles. Soon after, she was engaged to sing Liù at the Hamburg State Opera, a true breakthrough performance for her career. After another sensational success of her Mimi in La Boheme at Washington National Opera in 2007, Cvilak was invited back to sing Michaela and Liù, roles she later also sang at the Los Angeles opera.
Ever since, Sabina Cvilak has been seen on many international opera stages and festivals: Washington, Los Angeles, Vienna, Aix-en-Provence, Valencia, Barcelona, Pamplona, Luxemburg, Monte-Carlo, Frankfurt, Dresden, Cologne, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Glasgow, Helsinki, Savonlinna, Hong Kong, Palma de Mallorca, Palm Beach, Mumbai, Tokio, Beijing, Singapore amongst others. She has performed with many distinguished conductors including Valery Gergiev, Seymon Bychov, Gianandrea Noseda, Ludovic Morlot, Fabio Luisi, Placido Domingo.
Cvilak’s other reference roles include the title role in Thais, Micaela in Bizet's Carmen, Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Margareta in Faust, Desdemona in Otello, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Vittelia in La Clemenza di Tito, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Kitty in Doctor Atomic and Blanche in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites.
Cvilak also loves to perform operetta and Slavic repertoire, her most notable performances being the title role in Gräfin Mariza by Kálman and Marzenka in Smetana's The Bartered Bride. In 2015 she sang the role Lisa in Das Land des Lächelns at Hong Kong Opera.
Her concert repertoire encompasses works such as Vier Letzte Lieder by Richard Strauss, 9th Symphony by Beethoven, 2nd 4th and 8th Symphony by Mahler and War Requiem by Benjamin Britten, as well as numerous oratorios. She was often seen as Lied singer.
Sabina Cvilak also performed alongside tenor Andrea Bocelli on his tours of Asia and Europe and at the iTunes Festival. Her upcoming engagements include Janacek’s Jenufa and Salome.