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In 2017-18, his fourth season as the BSO's Ray and Maria Stata Music Director, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in twelve wide-ranging subscription programs at Symphony Hall, repeating three of them at New York's Carnegie Hall in March. Also this season, in November, he and the orchestra tour Japan together for the first time, playing concerts in Nagoya, Osaka, Kawasaki, and Tokyo. In addition, in February 2018 Maestro Nelsons becomes Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in which capacity he will bring both orchestras together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance; under his direction, the BSO celebrates its first "Leipzig Week in Boston" that same month. In the summer of 2015, following his first season as music director, Andris Nelsons' contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was extended through the 2021-22 season. Following the 2015 Tanglewood season, he and the BSO undertook a twelve-concert, eight-city tour to major European capitals as well as the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals. A second European tour, to eight cities in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg, took place in May 2016.
The fifteenth music director in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons made his BSO debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2011, his Tanglewood debut in July 2012, and his BSO subscription series debut in January 2013. His first CD with the BSO-live recordings of Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and Sibelius's Symphony No. 2-was released in November 2014 on BSO Classics. April 2017 brought the release on BSO Classics of the four Brahms symphonies with Maestro Nelsons conducting, recorded live at Symphony Hall in November 2016. In an ongoing, multi-year collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon initiated in 2014-15, he and the BSO are making live recordings of Shostakovich's complete symphonies, the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and other works by the composer. The first release in this series (the Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance and Gramophone Magazine's Orchestral Award. The second release (symphonies 5, 8, and 9, plus excerpts from Shostakovich's 1932 incidental music to Hamlet) won the 2017 Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. Also for Deutsche Grammophon, Andris Nelsons is recording the Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic.
In 2017-18, Andris Nelsons is artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and continues his regular collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic, leading that orchestra on tour to China. He also maintains regular collaborations with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Maestro Nelsons has also been a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he conducts a new David Alden production of Lohengrin this season.
Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. He was music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2015, principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to 2009, and music director of Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Nelsons is the subject of a 2013 DVD from Orfeo, a documentary film entitled "Andris Nelsons: Genius on Fire."
|Andris Nelsons, conductor||
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Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought after sopranos on the international scene today, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She is working with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Marco Armiliato, Fabio Luisi, Kirill Petrenko, Semyon Bychkov, and Alain Altinoglu.
In the 2016/17 season Opolais continues her notable collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera, in three productions, returning for "Manon Lescaut" (Eyre), opposite Marcelo Álvarez, "La bohème (Zeffirelli) and in Spring 2017 Opolais takes to the stage in an anticipated new production of "Rusalka" (Zimmerman). All titles will be broadcast in HD. Opolais maintains this strong relationship with the Met, since her debut as Magda in "La Rondine" in 2013. Famously, in 2014 Opolais made history at the Met, making two role debuts within 18 hours. She gave a renowned performance in "Madama Butterfly", only to step in for a matinee of "La bohème" the next day, which was additionally cinema broadcast worldwide. Opolais wowed audiences around the globe, the performance receiving wide critical acclaim.
Opolais continues her association with the Bayerische Staatsoper. This strong relationship began in 2010 when Opolais made her debut, to wide acclaim, as Rusalka. Since this time Opolais has appeared in numerous titles including "Madama Butterfly", Tatjana in "Onegin" and Margherita in "Mefistofele" and in the coming season Opolais reprises her debut role as Rusalka, in the house once more. Furthermore, Opolais enjoys a collaboration with Royal Opera House, where she has particularly cemented her title as "the leading Puccini Soprano of today" (The Telegraph), appearing as Cio-Cio San, Floria Tosca and Manon Lescaut. Opolais has also appeared at Opernhaus Zürich as Jenůfa and returns to the Wiener Staatsoper this season in one of her signature roles, "Madama Butterfly". Opolais also makes her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, in "Tosca", under Sir Simon Rattle's baton at Baden-Baden and also at the Philharmonie, Berlin.
In recent seasons, Opolais' concert performances have included appearances at Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, and Tanglewood Festival, where Opolais is a regular guest - this season headlining in a concert performance of Aida, a role Opolais is gradually returning to. Opolais has appeared with the Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Filarmonica della Scala. Highlights in 2016/17 include Opolais' debut performances with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in a signature Czech programme. Opolais also makes her return to the Musikverein, after her debut last season, and to the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Opolais is also hotly in demand for gala concert performances, and takes on a Baltic tour, her return for the first time in four years, with dates in Latvia and Lithuania.
DVD recordings include Royal Opera House's "Manon Lescaut", in which Opolais sings the title role opposite Jonas Kaufmann, Prokofiev's "The Gambler" at the Deutsche Staatsoper under the baton of Barenboim and "Rusalka" from the Bayerische Staatsoper. CD recordings include those with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln of "Suor Angelica", released with Orfeo and nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award, "Simon Boccanegra" on the Decca label and collaborating with Jonas Kaufmann on his Grammy recognised Puccini disc with Sony.
|Kristine Opolais, soprano|
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The Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel has performed in all the great opera houses of the world, and is especially recognised for his portrayals of Figaro, Falstaff and Wotan. He made his operatic début in 1990 as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for Welsh National Opera. His international operatic career began in 1991 when he sang the Speaker in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and in the same year he made his United States début as Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera. Other roles performed during his career include Holländer in Der fliegende Holländer, Méphistophélès in Faust, both the Title Role and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Jochanaan in Salome, Scarpia in Tosca, the Title Role in Gianni Schicchi, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, Four Villains in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Dulcamara in L'Elisir d'Amore and the Title Role in Sweeney Todd.
Bryn is also known for his versatility as a concert performer, with highlights ranging from the opening ceremony of the Wales Millennium Centre, BBC Last Night of the Proms, and the Royal Variety Show to a gala concert with Andrea Bocelli in Central Park, New York. He has given recitals in the major cities of the world and for nine years hosted his own festival in Faenol, North Wales.
He is a Grammy, Classical Brit and Gramophone Award winner with a discography encompassing operas of Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, and more than ten solo discs including Lieder, American musical theatre, Welsh songs and sacred repertory.
In 2003, Bryn was made a CBE for services to Opera in the Queen's New Year Honours list and in 2006 was awarded the Queen's Medal for Music. He is also the last recipient of the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg.
Highlights in recent years include Bryn's debut in the role of Hans Sachs in the critically acclaimed production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Welsh National Opera, his return to La Scala, Milan to open the 2011 season singing Leporello in Don Giovanni and Scarpia in Tosca. Highlights in 2012 included the role of Wotan in Wagner's Ring Cycle for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the title role in Der fliegende Holländer for Zurich Opera, Scarpia for Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and host to a four day festival, Brynfest, at the Southbank Centre, London as part of the Southbank Centre's Festival of the World.
In 2013, Bryn made his debut in concert at the Abu Dhabi Festival and the Royal Opera House, Muscat and performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and returned to the Sydney Opera House in recital. His new album with the Mormon Tabernacle choir was released on the Deutsche Grammophon label in September 2013.
Highlights in 2014 include semi-staged performances of Sweeney Todd at the Lincoln Center, New York and at the Llangollen International Music Festival, a concert tour of South Africa and a return to ROH, Covent Garden to sing Méphistophélès in Gounod's Faust and Dulcamara in L'Elisir D'Amore.
Highlights in 2015 will be his debut in the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof for Grange Park Opera and concerts to celebrate his 50th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall, London and Wales Millennium Centre.
Bryn is pleased to have an association with several companies, most notably Rolex, Clogau Gold and the Penderyn Distillery.
|Sir Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone||
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A native of Miami, Tenor Russell Thomas is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting vocal and dramatic talents on the international opera and concert scene, most recently as the First-Prize winner of the prestigious "Viñas Competition" in Barcelona (First Prize, Audience Favorite and Best Tenor) and at the "Competizione dell'Opera" in Dresden.
Russell Thomas' current season begins with his role debut as Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for his return to the Welsh National Opera. He will then be heard in two operas at his home company, the Metropolitan Opera, first as Foresto and Uldino in a new Pierre Audi/Riccardo Muti production of Verdi's ATTILA, then as the Steersman in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER. Later in the season, Mr. Thomas will add two more Verdi parts to his repertoire: the tenor solo in his MESSA DA REQUIEM for the Basel Opera and Cassio in OTELLO with the Cincinnati Opera. Future plans include returns to the Metropolitan Opera and a debut with the Frankfurt Opera, all in leading roles.
Mr. Thomas' recent projects included Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE at the Metropolitan Opera, his debut as the Duke of Mantua in RIGOLETTO with the Arizona Opera, and the Steersman in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER with Atlanta Opera. Russell Thomas also reprised his role of the Prince for John Adams' A FLOWERING TREE with Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Perth International Festival and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Among other notable debuts were the role of Mao Tse-Tung in Mr. Adams' NIXON IN CHINA with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the composer conducting as well as concerts of Schubert's MASS NO. 6 with the Houston Symphony and Hans Graf. He also performed George Walker's LILACS with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall and Carnegie Hall/Stern Auditorium, conducted by Charles Dutoit, as well as the tenor soloist in Michael Tippett's A CHILD OF OUR TIME as part of the Honor! Festival at Carnegie Hall/Stern Auditorium. In addition, Mr. Thomas appeared at Carnegie's Weill Hall for the Marilyn Horne Foundation in a joint recital that was part of the mezzo's 75th birthday celebration.
Further engagements included Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE for Welsh National Opera, Malcolm in MACBETH for the Metropolitan Opera, as well as appearances at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence where he reprised his role of the Sultan in ZAIDE and A FLOWERING TREE at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, among other concert and recital engagements.
In the 2006/2007 season the tenor returned to the Metropolitan
Opera to cover Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, while creating the role
of the Prince in the world premiere of John Adams' A FLOWERING TREE
for Peter Sellars' New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna. The work
was also the vehicle for his Berlin Philharmonic debut under the
baton of Sir Simon Rattle, as well as his San Francisco Symphony
debut. Other engagements this season included debuts with the
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Michigan Opera Theatre as
Tybalt in ROMEO ET JULIETTE, concerts with the London Symphony at
the Barbican Centre in London and recitals in Miami and NYC with
renowned pianist Ken Noda.
An alumnus of the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera, Russell Thomas was also a member of Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, a Roger R. Hinkley artist at the Florida Grand Opera, a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St Louis, an apprentice at the Sarasota Opera and was proud to take part in the 2005 and 2006 Marlboro Music Festivals. He holds a Bachelor's Degree of Music in Performance from the New World School of the Arts.
|Russell Thomas, tenor|
|Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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PUCCINI Tosca, Act II
WAGNER "Entrance of the Guests" from Tannhäuser, Act II
WAGNER "Wie duftet doch der Flieder" (Hans Sachs' "Flieder monologue")
from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Act II
DVOŘÁK "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka, Act I
DVOŘÁK Polonaise from Rusalka, Act II
GERSHWIN From Porgy and Bess:
Introduction and Jasbo Brown Blues, from Act I
"Summertime," from Act I
"I got plenty o' nuttin'," from Act II
"Bess, you is my woman now," from Act II
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