Conductor Robert Tweten joined the New England Conservatory opera faculty as Music Director in Fall 2017 and has conducted NEC Opera productions of Later the Same Evening , Le nozze di Figaro and Postcard from Morocco.
Tweten has been described as leading with “verve and precision,” as well as having “flawless” pacing and “musicality and near-symbiotic accord with singers which always impresses.” An active operatic conductor in demand throughout the United States and Canada, Robert brings a wealth of experience to his work with the students at NEC.
Maestro Tweten has been associated with several opera companies throughout his career, including the Canadian Opera Company, where his duties included Head Coach and Chorus Master, The Banff Center of Fine Arts, where he was a conductor for the Music Theater Studio Ensemble as well as a coach for the Opera and Musical Theater programs, and the Houston Grand Opera where he was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. He has led the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and singers of the Lyric Opera Center in Rising Stars in Concert, as well as conducted performances of Die Zauberflöte, and most recently Turandot for Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2018, a company with which he had a long relationship as Assistant Conductor.
Robert has enjoyed a long relationship with Utah Opera where he conducted Silent Night last season, his thirteenth opera with the company since 2005. Other recent operatic performances include Rigoletto for Calgary Opera, his seventh production there, as well as a debut with Opera San Antonio in Gounod’s Faust. Tweten has conducted extensively in his native Canada, with productions including: Tosca and Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Vancouver Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly and Fidelio for Edmonton Opera, Don Giovanni for Opera Ontario, The Gondoliers for UBC Opera, and L’isola disabitata with the Canadian Opera Company.
Recent debuts include Kentucky Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dayton Opera’s Madama Butterfly, Tulsa Opera’s Carmen, and La Cenerentola with El Paso Opera, and other opera companies he has conducted for include Sarasota Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Birmingham, Opera Southwest and Madison Opera.
After conducting the New Mexico Philharmonic's season-opening concert in 2011, Tweten has returned to lead two programs, including playing and conducting Mozart's K.488 piano concerto. Other orchestral collaborations include classical crossover concerts with the San Diego and Fresno Symphonies, as well as many appearances with the Santa Fe Symphony in orchestral concerts, as well as Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem.
Robert began his career as a piano soloist after receiving his Associate of Arts Degree from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and winning competitions such as the Du Maurier Search for Stars and the Canadian National Piano Championship. Equally at home as a recitalist, collaborator, and chamber musician, he has performed with many of the industry’s most prominent singers and instrumentalists, including Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Rod Gilfry, Elizabeth Futral, Catherine Malfitano, Joshua Hopkins, Samuel Ramey, Thomas Hampson, Joyce Di Donato, Rachel Barton Pine, the Taos Chamber Music Group, and the St. Lawrence Quartet, in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Salzburg Festival.
The 2020 season marked Robert’s 30th season with The Santa Fe Opera where he serves as Head of Music Staff. During his tenure with SFO he has conducted Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Katya Kabanova, The Pirates of Penzance, Ermione, as well as the 50th Anniversary Concert and performances of the Grammy Award winning, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.
A.V.C.M. Associate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (Performance)
A.V.C.M. Associate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (Pedagogy)
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