Conductor Robert Wood is UrbanArias' founder. Under his leadership, the company has achieved national recognition, and has given over 80 performances, including five commissions and seven world premieres. Notable productions have included Independence Eve (Boquiren), Lucy (Glover), As One (Kaminsky), After Life/Josephine, and Glory Denied (Cipullo), Blue Viola (Hilliard), Paul's Case (Spears), and Three Decembers (Heggie). Maestro Wood made his debut in 2004 at the San Francisco Opera with Verdi's La traviata, and has also conducted L'italiana in Algeri and several concerts there. He recently conducted Orpheus and Euridice at the Vermont Opera Project, Three Decembers at Kentucky Opera, Die Fledermaus at Hawaii Opera Theater, and Roméo et Juliette and Carmen at Opera Colorado. Mr. Wood was 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 Il barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Wood has also conducted L'italiana in Algeri at Vancouver Opera, Le Comte Ory and Die Zauberflöte at Wolf Trap Opera, and The Nutcracker for San Francisco Ballet. In the 2017-18 season, he will conduct Kaminsky's As One at Hawaii Opera Theater and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.