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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.
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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, Opernhaus Zürich and the Royal Opera
House Covent Garden. She is working with such conductors as Daniel
Barenboim, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder,
Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Kirill Petrenko and
In the 2017/18 season Opolais continues her notable
collaboration with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, making her
role debut as Elsa in "Lohengrin", in a new production by David
Alden, starring opposite Klaus Florian Vogt. Previously in London,
Opolais has particularly cemented her title as "the leading Puccini
Soprano of today" (The Telegraph), appearing in Kent's 2014
production as Manon Lescaut, as well as starring as Cio-Cio San and
Floria Tosca. This season Opolais also looks forward to making her
debut at the Hamburg Staatsoper, in "Madama Butterfly", in two
special performance as part of the Italian Opera Festival. She also
returns for performances of this signature role at the Wiener
Kristine Opolais is particularly known for her notable
collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera, her performances
frequently broadcast in HD worldwide. She recently starred as the
title role in Zimmerman's 2017 production of "Rusalka", and she
received the highest critical praise for her "vocally lustrous and
achingly vulnerable performance" (NY Times). Opolais has maintained
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, with two role debuts in 18 hours. She gave a renowned
performance in "Butterfly", only to step in for a matinee of "La
bohème" the next day, which was additionally cinema broadcast
worldwide and Opolais wowed audiences around the globe. She has
also forged a strong relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper,
which began in 2010 when Opolais made her debut, to wide acclaim,
as Rusalka. Since this time Opolais has appeared in numerous titles
including "Manon Lescaut", "Madama Butterfly", Tatjana in "Onegin"
and Margherita in "Mefistofele".
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
closing weekend in opera gala, including Act II of "Tosca", with
Sir Bryn Terfel. Opolais has appeared with orchestras including the
Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,
Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
and Filarmonica della Scala. Highlights of 2017/18 include Opolais'
joining an all-star cast, with Piotr Beczała and Rene Papé in
Dvorak's Stabat Mater, opening the Prague Festival. She also debuts
with the Wiener Philharmoniker, which stands as her third
consecutive season appearing at the prestigious Musikverein.
Opolais' forthcoming recording is a DVD of Tosca, from
Himmelmann's 2017 production in Baden-Baden, with the Berliner
Philharmoniker, conducted by Rattle. Further 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 (Sister Angelica)