El ÚLTIMO SUEÑO DE FRIDA Y DIEGO - SAN DIEGO OPERA
"Conducting member of the San Diego Symphony, Roberto Kalb brought out the score's vivid colors and shaped its contrasting elements, from chamber textures to bursts of full-on orchestral splendor, with sensitivity."
- Musical America
"Roberto Kalb drew a sensitive and lush performance from the San Diego Symphony, highlighting the sadness and despair in the score and providing impeccable support to the singers."
- Ron Bierman / Broadway World
CARMEN - LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY - KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY
"The Lyric Opera’s most recent version ... is refreshingly unfussy from both a musical and a dramatic standpoint. It featured exceptional musical direction from conductor Roberto Kalb, a newcomer who made the The Kansas City Symphony sound warm and vibrant"
- Paul Horsley / The Independent
AWAKENINGS - OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS - SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
"Roberto Kalb exerted complete mastery in his clear and concise conducting, which inspired superior music-making from his cast and orchestra. This is a very demanding score, and Maestro Kalb managed to withdraw the highest level of accomplishment from the members of Saint Louis Symphony in the pit. He was also a sensitive and conscientious partner to the singers on stage, cuing them tirelessly through the knottier passages, and evoking meaningful musico-dramatic commentary with a skillful baton technique"
- James Sohre / Opera Today
SWEENEY TODD - WOLF TRAP OPERA - NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
“Conductor Roberto Kalb’s still lighter touch was an even greater asset as he drew a refreshingly translucent reading of the score from the National Symphony Orchestra.
I have never heard the sinister waltzes and multi-layered rhythms more clearly articulated, the leitmotivs more satisfyingly unfurled. Brisk and user-friendly, Kalb’s reading thwarted the “damask and dark” quality of Jonathan Tunick’s orchestration and singed with new verve.”
- Harry Rose / Parterre Box
RIGOLETTO - OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS - SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
“The orchestra sounded sublime under the baton of Roberto Kalb, whose buoyant conducting simultaneously led and followed the singers.”
- Joanne Lessner / Opera News
"Roberto Kalb makes an impressive debut conducting the full run of an OTSL mainstage production, leading a persuasive interpretation of Verdi’s accomplished score by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra."
- Mark Bretz / Ladue News
“[Kalb] proved an inspired choice, demonstrating a superb sense of Verdian style, supporting his singers, leading his instrumentalists, and keeping the music flowing. This split of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra followed Kalb with spirit.”
- Sarah Bryan Miller / St. Louis Post Dispatch
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE - OPERA MAINE
“Led by Roberto Kalb, who stepped in on short notice, they infused each beat with well-sensed feeling that poured over into the next, maintaining unflagging momentum from the tight and lively overture, here with a proto-Beethoven quality in the dynamics and attack, to the very end.” -Opera News
- Henry Stewart / Opera News