Conductor Robert Wood founded UrbanArias in 2009. Under his guidance, the company has achieved national recognition as an innovator in the field of opera, and has given over 70 performances in Arlingon, DC, and New York City. He has conducted UrbanArias’ productions of After Life/ Josephine (Cipullo), As One (Kaminsky), Blue Viola (Hilliard), Glory Denied (Cipullo), Before Breakfast (Pasatieri),
The Filthy Habit (Hilliard), Photo-Op (Cummings), Paul’s Case (Spears), and Three Decembers (Heggie) to great acclaim. Maestro Wood made his debut with the San Francisco Opera in 2004 with Verdi’s La Traviata. He recently conducted Three Decembers at Kentucky Opera, Die Fledermaus at Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Roméo et Juliette and Carmen at Opera Colorado. Guest appearances for last season included leading As One at Hawaii Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. In the 2018-2019 season and beyond, he joins the University of British Columbia to lead Silent Night, Annapolis Opera for Carmen, and Austin Opera for Rigoletto.
Mr. Wood was appointed Conductor in Residence at the Minnesota Opera from 2006-2008, leading productions of L’italiana in Algeri, Le nozze di Figaro, La donna del lago, Rusalka, and, most recently, Il barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Wood has also conducted concerts at San Francisco Opera featuring Stephanie Blythe and Lawrence Brownlee, and with the Merola Opera Program’s young artists. Additionally, he conducted L’italiana in Algeri at Vancouver Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Hawaii Opera Theatre, The Love for Three Oranges at Indiana University Opera Theater, La Cenerentola at New Jersey Opera Theater, Lakmé at Minnesota Opera, and The Nutcracker for San Francisco Ballet. Mr. Wood’s collaborations with the Wolf Trap Opera Company include Le Comte Ory and Die Zauberflöte. Other conducting engagements include H.M.S. Pinafore with the Indiana University Opera, and a recording for ODC Dance in San Francisco of Jack Perla’s On a Train Headed South.