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The 2018-19 season is Andris Nelsons’ fifth as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Ray and Maria Stata Music Director. Named Musical America’s 2018 Artist of the Year, Mr. Nelsons will lead fourteen of the BSO’s twenty-six subscription programs in 2018-19, ranging from orchestral works by Haydn, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Copland to concerto collaborations with acclaimed soloists, as well as world and American premieres of pieces newly commissioned by the BSO from Thomas Adès, Sebastian Currier, Andris Dzenītis, and Mark-Anthony Turnage; the continuation of his complete Shostakovich symphony cycle with the orchestra, and concert performances of Puccini’s one-act opera Suor Angelica. In summer 2015, following his first season as music director, Andris Nelsons’ contract with the BSO was extended through the 2021-22 season. In November 2017, he and the orchestra toured Japan together for the first time. In February 2018, he became Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in which capacity he brings both orchestras together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance. Immediately following the 2018 Tanglewood season, Maestro Nelsons and the BSO made their third European tour together, playing concerts in London, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Lucerne, Paris, and Amsterdam. Their first European tour, following the 2015 Tanglewood season, took them to major European capitals and the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals; the second, in May 2016, took them to eight cities in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg.
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 recordings with the BSO, all made live in concert at Symphony Hall, include the complete Brahms symphonies on BSO Classics; Grammy-winning recordings on Deutsche Grammophon of Shostakovich’s symphonies 5, 8, 9, and 10, the initial releases in a complete Shostakovich symphony cycle for that label; and a new two-disc set pairing Shostakovich’s symphonies 4 and 11, The Year 1905. Under an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Andris Nelsons is also recording the complete Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic.
The 2018-19 season is Maestro Nelsons’ final season as artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and marks his first season as artist-in-residence at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. In addition, he continues his regular collaborations with the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic. Throughout his career, he has also established regular collaborations with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has been a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
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.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
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James Burton was appointed Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival
Chorus, and to the new position of BSO Choral Director, in February
2017. Born in London, Mr. Burton began his training at the Choir of
Westminster Abbey, where he became head chorister. He was a choral
scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge, and holds a master's
degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory,
where he studied with Frederik Prausnitz and Gustav Meier. He has
conducted concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé, the Orchestra of
Scottish Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, and
Manchester Camerata; in early 2016 he made his debut with the
Orquestra Sinfònica Nacional with concerts in the Palacio de Bellas
Artes in Mexico City. Opera credits include Don Giovanni
and La bohème at English National Opera, Così fan
tutte at English Touring Opera, The Magic Flute at
Garsington, and Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica
at the Prague Summer Nights Festival. He has served on the music
staff of the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Paris, English National
Opera, Opera Rara, and Garsington Opera, where he was honored with
the Leonard Ingrams Award in 2008. He has also conducted in
London's West End and led a UK tour of Bernstein's Wonderful
Town in 2012. His extensive choral conducting has included
guest invitations with professional choirs including the Gabrieli
Consort, the Choir of the Enlightenment, Wrocław Philharmonic, and
the BBC Singers, with whom he performed at the Dubai Opera house in
its inaugural season earlier this year. From 2002 to 2009 he served
as choral director at the Hallé Orchestra, where he was music
director of the Hallé Choir and founding conductor of the Hallé
Youth Choir, winning the Gramophone Choral Award in 2009.
He returned to Manchester in 2014, preparing the choirs for a
Grammy-nominated recording under Sir Mark Elder of Vaughan
Williams's Sea Symphony. From 2002 to 2017 he was music
director of the chamber choir Schola Cantorum of Oxford, touring
all over the world and recording with Hyperion Records. He
collaborates regularly with leading young musicians and in 2017
appeared as guest director of the National Youth Choir of Japan and
the Princeton University Glee Club, as well as the Genesis Sixteen.
He teaches conducting, and has given master classes at the Royal
Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music. In 2011 he
founded a conducting scholarship with Schola Cantorum of Oxford.
His compositions and arrangements have been performed
internationally, and his orchestral arrangements for Arlo Guthrie
have been performed by the Boston Pops, by many other leading U.S.
orchestras, and at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. His
commissions have included the music for the 2010 World Equestrian
Games opening ceremony, a setting for chorus and orchestra of
Thomas Hardy's The Convergence of the Twain commemorating
the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, and a recent
Christmas carol premiered by the Choir of St. John's College,
Cambridge, live on BBC Radio 3. His choral works are published by
Edition Peters. As BSO Choral Director and Conductor of the
Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton occupies the Alan J. and
Suzanne W. Dworsky Chair, endowed in perpetuity.
James Burton, conductor
Ying Fang, soprano
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Bernarda Fink, daughter of Slovenian parents, was born in Buenos Aires and received her vocal and musical education at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón where she performed frequently.
Bernarda Fink is one of the most sought-after singers in concerts and recitals. She has been acclaimed for her musical versatility and invited by the leading orchestras and conductors in Europe and America. Her repertoire ranges from ancient music up to music of the 20th century. She frequently appears with such well-known orchestras as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the best-known Baroque orchestras under such famous conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, René Jacobs, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Sir Roger Norrington, Trevor Pinnock, Georges Prêtre, Sir Simon Rattle and Franz Welser-Möst. She had a close artistic cooperation with Nikolaus Harnoncourt which is testified by numerous TV and CD recordings.
Bernarda Fink has appeared to widespread critical acclaim in Argentina and at the most important opera houses in Europe. Recent highlights were the roles of Cecilio/LUCIO SILLA led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Theater an der Wien, Idamante/IDOMENEO in a production of Luc Bondy and Jesus Lopez Cobos at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Irene/THEODORA under Ivor Bolton at the Salzburg Festival. She also sang Sesto/LA CLEMENZA DI TITO and Idamante in concert versions under the baton of René Jacobs, both of which were recorded and highly praised. In June 2017, Bernarda Fink made her debut in Debussy´s PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE at the Vienna State Opera.
Bernarda Fink regularly appears in recital at the Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Berlin Philharmonie, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Edinburgh Festival, Carnegie and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Furthermore Bernarda Fink performed Dvořák and Janacek songs together with the Pavel Haas Quartett at London´s Wigmore Hall, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, in Den Haag and in Madrid.
Highlights of the past seasons were, alongside numerous recitals, Pergolesi´s STABAT MATER in Rome, Mahler´s SYMPHONY No. 2 with Mariss Jansons in Copenhagen and with Jakub Hrůša in Bamberg, his SYMPHONY No. 3 in Katowice, a tour across South America with Camerata Salzburg as well as concerts at the Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk.
In addition to recitals in Cologne, Vienna, Madrid and Paris, concerts of the season 2018/2019 inlcude Dvořák´s BIBLICAL SONGS with Manfred Honeck in Prague and Dresden, Mahler´s SYMPHONY No. 2 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons and with the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire in Angers und Nantes, Mahler´s SYMPHONY No. 3 in Bamberg, Paris, Muscat and Ostrava as well as his LIED VON DER ERDE with the South Netherlands Philharmonic and Hans Graf in the Netherlands.
Bernarda Fink regularly holds master classes at the Wiener Meisterkurse, the Young Singers Project (YSP) in Salzburg, the Academy of the Festival in Aix-en-Provence, the Schubert-Institute in Baden (near Vienna), at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Fondation Royaumont. She was also on the jury of the International Song Competition of London Wigmore Hall, the Bach Wettbewerb Leipzig, BBC Cardiff Singers of the World, DAS LIED International Song Competition as well as the ARD Music Competition.
Bernarda Fink has made numerous highly acclaimed recordings. Her discography comprises more than 50 releases, ranging from Monteverdi and Rameau to Schubert and Bruckner and Schumann. Many of them have been awarded coveted prizes such as the Diapason d’Or or the Grammy. Bernarda Fink has a close collaboration with Harmonia Mundi. Recent recordings include Bach Cantatas with the Freiburger Barockorchester, and Lieder by Schumann with accompanist Anthony Spiri, Pergolesi’s STABAT MATER with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and programs with Lieder by Slovenian as well as Argentinian composers together with her brother, the baritone Marcos Fink (Grammy nomination). In 2012, albums of Dvořák Lieder (together with Genia Kühmeier), and with Spanish Songs (de Falla, Granados, Rodrigo and others) again with Anthony Spiri at the piano, were released. Her latest album included Mahler Lieder accompanied by the Niederösterreichische Tonkünstlerorchester and Andrés Orozco-Estrada and by the pianist Anthony Spiri.
In February 2006, Bernarda Fink was awarded the Austrian Honorary Medal for Art and Science by the Austrian Chancellor and in February 2013, together with her brother Marcos Fink, the most prestigious cultural award of Slovenia sponsored by the Prešeren-foundation for their recording Slovenija! and the related concerts. In September 2014 she received the title of Österreichische Kammersängerin.
Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano