Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons made his Royal Opera debut in December 2009 with La bohème, and has since returned to The Royal Opera to conduct Madama Butterfly, Salome and Elektra. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to conduct Der fliegende Holländer for the Company.
Born into a family of musicians, Nelsons first became interested in opera aged five after seeing Tannhäuser. He learnt piano, trumpet and singing, and began his career as a trumpeter with Latvian National Opera. He studied conducting in St Petersburg and with Mariss Jansons, who remains his mentor. Nelsons was Principal Conductor of Latvian National Opera 2003–7, at the start of the 2008/9 season became Principal Conductor with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and in March 2013 was appointed Music Director of Boston Symphony Orchestra.
As well as his busy schedule with the CBSO, Nelsons works with many international orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw, Vienna Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Opera engagements include Lohengrin (Bayreuth Festival), Eugene Onegin, Carmen and Tosca (Vienna State Opera), La bohème (Berlin State Opera) and Queen of Spades (Metropolitan Opera, New York). Nelsons’s recordings include works by Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss and Stravinsky with the CBSO on Orfeo and Opus Arte DVDs of La bohème and Lohengrin.
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26 September 2013
The Latvian conductor on the emotional and technical demands of Richard Strauss’s gripping drama.
24 September 2013
A selection of audience tweets about Charles Edwards's production of Richard Strauss's opera.