Sunday, May 17, 2020 3:00p -
Sunday, May 24, 2020 3:00p
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May 17: In his first season as BSO Music Director, Andris Nelsons conducts ten programs at Symphony Hall, starting with a one-night-only event on Saturday, September 27, 2014, to be remembered for years to come.
Making her Symphony Hall debut, acclaimed soprano Kristine Opolais and, in his BSO debut, superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann, a longtime collaborator, join Maestro Nelsons and the orchestra for an evening of arias and duets from operas by Wagner, Mascagni, Catalani, and Puccini. This special inaugural concert begins with Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture- the work that first inspired a five-year-old Nelsons to a life in music-and concludes with Respighi's spectacular orchestral showcase, Pines of Rome. This wide-ranging one-night-only event celebrates the start of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons' tenure with the orchestra, and features two close colleagues of the conductor as soloists-the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, and the outstanding German tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Each sings selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires, after which they join forces for a powerful duet from Puccini's Manon Lescaut. The concert opens with Wagner's Tannhauser Overture-the work that first inspired a five-year-old Nelsons to a life in music-and closes with Respighi's spectacular orchestral showcase, Pines of Rome.