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
"Maestro Roberto Kalb leads his orchestra and singers into beautiful balance. I was impressed with the very real sense of distance he achieved with the off-stage chorus and, especially, with the Count's final heartbreaking 'La donne è mobile'."
- Steve Calahan / Broadway World
"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
FRIDA - FLORIDA GRAND OPERA
“Act 2 has the musical highlights, much credit going to conductor Roberto Kalb: engaging mariachi sounds that give way to operatic melodrama when Frida discovers Diego having sex with her sister Cristina.”
- Robert Croan / Palm Beach Arts Paper
“La música… estuvo excelentemente interpretada por la orquesta de la FGO, bajo la dirección de Roberto Kalb.”
- Daniel Fernández / El Nuevo Herald
“Under conductor Roberto Kalb, the orchestra made the most of its spare forces, with a vigorous, colorful performance that never covered the singing.”
- David Fleshler / South Florida Classical Review