Resident Conductor and Head of Music at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, conductor Roberto Kalb is quickly establishing himself as an artist of great versatility and talent. The 2018 – 2019 season sees three house debuts for Mr. Kalb, including Rigoletto with Kentucky Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia with Tulsa Opera, and Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Frida with Florida Grand Opera. Mr. Kalb also returns to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to conduct the Bruno Ravella production of Rigoletto. Additional appearances include L’elisir d’amore with International Vocal Arts Institute’s Summer Opera Tel Aviv program.
The 2017 – 2018 season saw Mr. Kalb’s debut with Michigan Opera Theatre conducting Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27, and a return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for performances of Gluck’s Orfeo and Patricia Racette’s production of La traviata. Mr. Kalb also assisted Corrado Rovaris with Anna Bolena and Yves Abel with L’elisir d’amore at Canadian Opera Company, as well as Alexander Polianichko with Lucia di Lammermoor at Florida Grand Opera, and Stephen Lord with La fanciulla del West at Michigan Opera Theatre. Additional appearances included giving a master class for students at DePaul University.
Highlights of previous seasons include appearances with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Carlos Chávez in Mexico City, Orquestra Sinfonica da USP in Sao Paulo Brazil, and the San Francisco premiere of Rossini’s La scala di seta. Honors and awards include being named the winner of the American Prize for an Orchestral Composition, 2nd Prize in the Washington International Composition Competition, and 1st Prize in the Ann Arbor Symphony Sight and Sound Competition.
A native of Mexico City, Mexico Mr. Kalb holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.