Resident Conductor and Head of Music at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and hailed by Opera News for his “buoyant conducting [that] simultaneously led and followed the singers,” conductor Roberto Kalb is quickly establishing himself as an artist of great versatility and talent. Mr. Kalb’s 2019 – 2020 season includes a return to Tulsa Opera to conduct Harry Silverstein’s production of Carmen, as well as a return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to conduct the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Awakenings, directed by James Robinson.
The 2018 – 2019 season saw four house debuts for Mr. Kalb, including Rigoletto with Kentucky Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia with Tulsa Opera, Die Zauberflöte with Opera Maine, and Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Frida with Florida Grand Opera. Mr. Kalb also returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to conduct the Bruno Ravella production of Rigoletto and the Center Stage concert, featuring the company’s young artists directed by James Robinson. Additional appearances include L’elisir d’amore with International Vocal Arts Institute’s Summer Opera Tel Aviv program.
Highlights of previous seasons include 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.
Additional highlights 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.