“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.”. 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. 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. Engagements for the 2014-2015 season included 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. The 2015-2016 season will see his debut with Dayton Opera for Madama Butterfly and returns to Utah Opera for Tosca and Calgary Opera for Die Zauberflöte.
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 Madama Butterfly, Fidelio, and Tosca for Edmonton Opera, L’Italiana in Algeri, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Otello Gianni Schicchi, and Pagliacci for Calgary Opera, La traviata, Il trovatore, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Jenůfa, Falstaff and Rigoletto for Utah Opera, La cenerentola for Austin Lyric Opera, Les pêcheurs de perles and Die Zauberflöte for Sarasota Opera, Tosca for Opera Birmingham, and Il barbiere di Siviglia for Vancouver Opera, Opera Pacific, and Madison 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.