“Conductor Robert Tweten led members of the Utah Symphony with sensitivity, putting the spurs to the orchestra to heighten dramatic moments but always with a keen ear for balance and tasteful phrasing.” – Opera News
Conductor Robert 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.” Engagements for 2013-2014 included his return to Utah Opera for La traviata, Calgary Opera for L’Italiana in Algeri, and Edmonton Opera for Madama Butterfly. The 2012-2013 season found Maestro Tweten leading Il trovatore at Utah Opera, Otello with Calgary Opera, and Les pêcheurs de perles at Sarasota Opera. 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 K488 piano concerto. The 2011-2012 season marked Maestro Tweten’s return to the Edmonton Opera to conduct Fidelio, Vancouver Opera for Il barbiere di Siviglia, Calgary Opera for Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci, and Utah Opera for Verdi’s Rigoletto. In 2011 and 2012, Maestro Tweten led a series of concerts with young classical crossover sensation, Jackie Evancho, which toured numerous US cities including Buffalo, Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Diego with the San Diego Symphony and Fresno with the Fresno Symphony. Engagements for the 2014-2015 season include his return to Utah Opera for Madama Butterfly, Calgary Opera for Le nozze di Figaro, Edmonton Opera for Lucia di Lammermoor, and the New Mexico Philharmonic for an all-Mozart program. Future seasons will see his debut with Dayton Opera and returns to Utah Opera and Calgary Opera.
For the Santa Fe Opera where he serves as Head of Music Staff, Maestro Tweten has conducted Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Katya Kabanova, The Pirates of Penzance and Ermione, as well as their 50th Anniversary Concert. 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. In recent summers, he has served as cover conductor at Santa Fe Opera for many productions including Tea: A Mirror of Soul, the world premiere of The Letter, Maometto II, and Billy Budd, among others. Additionally, the Canadian native has led Don Giovanni for Opera Ontario, Tosca for Vancouver Opera, and Rigoletto for Edmonton Opera. Other recent engagements include Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Pacific, Calgary Opera and Madison Opera, Falstaff for Utah Opera, La cenerentola for Austin Lyric Opera, Jenůfa for Utah Opera, Die Zauberflöte for Sarasota Opera and Utah Opera, Tosca for Opera Birmingham and Edmonton Opera, and Don Giovanni for Utah Opera.
Maestro Tweten has been associated with several opera companies including the Canadian Opera Company, where in addition to conducting he also served as Chorus Master and Head Coach, The Banff Center of Fine Arts where he was a conductor for the Musical Theater Studio Ensemble as well as a coach for the Opera and Musical Theater programs, and the Houston Grand Opera. He has led the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and singers of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in Rising Stars in Concert as well as conducted performances of Die Zauberflöte for Lyric Opera of Chicago where he served for many years as Assistant Conductor.
Maestro Tweten began his career as a piano soloist after receiving his Associate of Arts Degree from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and winning such competitions as the Du Maurier Search for Stars and the Canadian National Piano Competition. 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, Rachel Barton Pine, and The St. Lawrence Quartet in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Toronto’s Ford Center, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Zurich Opera House, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Salzburg Festival.