Conductor Robert Tweten joins the New England Conservatory opera faculty as Music Director in Fall 2017.
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, Robert regularly conducts throughout the United States and Canada, though his work as a vocal coach and pianist are also important facets of his career.
Robert has enjoyed a long relationship with Utah Opera, where he conducted Carmen this season, his tenth opera with the company since 2005. He also recently led Die Zauberflöte for Calgary Opera, which was his sixth production there. He 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 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.
In 2011 and 2012, Tweten led a series of concerts with young classical crossover sensation Jackie Evancho, which toured numerous U.S. cities, including Buffalo, Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Diego with the San Diego Symphony, and Fresno with the Fresno Symphony.
After conducting the New Mexico Philharmonic's season-opening concert in 2011, he returned to lead two programs in 2013, including playing and conducting Mozart's K.488 piano concerto. As a guest conductor with the Santa Fe Symphony, he has led the ensemble in orchestral concerts as well as Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem, and joins them again in the spring of 2017 to conduct an orchestral program of Schumann, Haydn, and Chabrier.
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 for Lyric Opera of Chicago, a company with which he has had a long relationship as Assistant Conductor, including serving as cover conductor for Don Quichotte and Norma in this 2016/17 season.
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, Elizabeth Futral, Catherine Malfitano, 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 2017 season will mark Robert’s 27th season with The Santa Fe Opera, where he serves as Head of Music Staff. During his tenure with SFO he has conducted performances of Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Katya Kabanova, The Pirates of Penzance, and Ermione, as well as their 50th Anniversary Concert, and will be on the podium this summer for the world premiere opera 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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