Robert Frankenberry, Assistant Conductor
Mr. Frankenberry leads a multi-faceted career as a tenor, pianist and conductor. At the piano, he is a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Music on the Edge Ensemble and the new Pittsburgh-based IonSound Project. He has worked in various pianistic capacities for Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College, the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. He has filled faculty positions at several colleges and universities, most recently as instructor of voice and bassoon and director of orchestral studies at Mercyhurst College.
Mr. Frankenberry’s credits in music direction include productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Madrigals of Love and War, La Serva Padrona, The Old Maid and the Thief and La Clemenza di Tito for the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the premiere of Daron Hagen’s Vera of Las Vegas for the Center for Contemporary Opera, and The Tales of Hoffmann for Mercyhurst College and the After Dinner Opera Company.
On stage, Mr. Frankenberry’s roles have ranged from Mozart in Amadeus to John Adams in 1776 to Alfred in Die Fledermaus. Recent vocal appearances include the role of Spirit Master in Roger Zahab’s Uncovered by Night for Prism Projects, Tenor Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Akron Symphony, Cavaradossi in Tosca and Don Jose in Carmen for the Erie Opera Theater and Pollione in Norma for Random Repertoire. Robert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano performance from Mercyhurst College and a Master’s Degree in Voice performance from Carnegie Mellon University. His vocal instructors have included Louisa Jonason, John Shirley-Quirk, Judith Natalucci and Diana Walters.