Mr. Kalb’s new position complements his ongoing responsibilities as Head of Music
St. Louis, MO, June 15, 2017 – Roberto Kalb will become Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s Resident Conductor, commencing with the 2018 spring festival season. His new position complements his current responsibilities as Head of Music. Mr. Kalb made his debut with Opera Theatre during the 2015 Festival Season, serving under Music Director Stephen Lord as Assistant to the Music Director. In his new position as Resident Conductor, Mr. Kalb will assist principal conductors in each festival season and conduct a variety of performances in the season’s repertoire. Additionally, Mr. Kalb will consult in auditions of both principal and young artists, as well as liaise with management of the St. Louis Symphony in coordinating the configuration of the orchestras performing for each of the season’s productions.
An active conductor and composer, Roberto Kalb has performed in Mexico, France, Germany, and throughout the United States. He holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Michigan, and the New England Conservatory of Music. He has served as Associate Conductor to the Juventas New Music Ensemble and Assistant Conductor to the Livermore Valley Opera Company, and was the first person to be admitted into both the composition and conducting programs at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France. Mr. Kalb’s awards include winner of the American Prize for Orchestral Composition (2013), 2nd prize in the Washington International Composition Competition (2012), the Ann Arbor Symphony Sight and Sound Competition (2011), the New England Conservatory’s Honors Competition (2012), The Maddy Summer Artist Award (2004), and was twice the recipient of the Departmental Honors in Composition (2007, 2009) from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2006, he composed and conducted the score for Leon Choi’s award-winning independent film Blind Love.
As previously announced, Stephen Lord will conclude his tenure as Music Director at the end of the 2017 Festival Season and become Music Director Emeritus. OTSL will announce the company’s next Music Director at a later date.
About Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of the leading American opera companies, known for a spring festival of inventive new productions, sung in English, featuring the finest American singers and accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony. As of its 2017 Festival Season, Opera Theatre has presented 26 world premieres and 27 American premieres — which may be the highest percentage of new work in the repertory of any U.S. company. Described by the Sunday Times of London as “one of the few American companies worth the transatlantic fare,” Opera Theatre of Saint Louis annually welcomes visitors from nearly every state and close to a dozen foreign countries. Although the size of the theater typically limits box office income to less than a quarter of the budget, the company has consistently produced work of the highest quality while never accumulating a deficit.
Opera Theatre also has a long tradition of discovering and promoting the careers of the finest operatic artists of the current generation. Among the artists who had important early opportunities at Opera Theatre are Erie Mills, Jerry Hadley, Christine Brewer, Thomas Hampson, Sylvia McNair, Dawn Upshaw, Susan Graham, Dwayne Croft, Patricia Racette, Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, Lawrence Brownlee, Kelly Kaduce, and Jennifer Johnson Cano. Opera Theatre has always been known for distinguished leadership: founding general director Richard Gaddes was succeeded in 1985 by general director Charles MacKay, with famed British stage director Colin Graham as artistic director and Stephen Lord (1992 – present) as music director. Timothy O’Leary was named general director in October 2008 with acclaimed stage director James Robinson succeeding the late Colin Graham.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission, Arts and Education Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council, with audience building programs supported by The Wallace Foundation.
Generous leadership support for the services of the St. Louis Symphony is provided by Jack C. Taylor and the Taylor family.