February 21-23 Boulanger, Debussy and Puccini

[Violeta Urmana]

Andris Nelsons conducts Boulanger, Debussy and Puccini
Andris Nelsons and the BSO continue their recent tradition of performing opera in concert with Giacomo Puccini's Suor Angelica ("Sister Angelica"), one of the three short operas composed in the 1910s and known collectively as Il trittico ("Triptych").

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  • Andris Nelsons discusses Puccini.
  • Program Snapshot with Brian Bell.
  • Puccini Video Preview produced by Anthony Princiotti
  • Debussy Video Preview produced by Anthony Princiotti
  • Debussy Video Prodcast produced by Anthony Princiotti
  • Audio Concert Preview written by Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer.
  • BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons speaks about the programs of February 21-23, 2019, which feature the Debussy Nocturnes.

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Andris Nelsons, conductor
Kristine Opolais, soprano (Sister Angelica)
Violeta Urmana, mezzo-soprano (The Princess)
Lorelei Ensemble, Beth Willer, Artistic Director
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
James Burton, conductor, Boston Symphony Children's Choir

BOULANGER D'un Soir triste
DEBUSSY Nocturnes (24 min)
PUCCINI Suor Angelica*

*Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Andris Nelsons and the BSO continue their recent tradition of performing opera in concert with Giacomo Puccini's Suor Angelica ("Sister Angelica"), one of the three short operas composed in the 1910s and known collectively as Il trittico ("Triptych"). The story centers on the title character, who is living in a convent to repent a past sin, having a son out of wedlock. Acclaimed soprano Kristine Opolais sings the role of Sister Angelica in this concert performance. Opening the program is a work almost contemporary with Puccini's, Lili Boulanger's short tone poem D'un Soir triste ("A somber evening"), one of few purely orchestral works completed by this young genius before her untimely death in 1918 at age 24. Also on the program is Debussy's immensely colorful Nocturnes, an 1899 masterpiece of musical Impressionism.