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, Elektra and Der fliegende Holländer. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to conduct Der Rosenkavalier.
Nelsons as born into a family of musicians. 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 and of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 2008–15, and in 2013 was appointed Music Director of Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Nelsons has worked with such international orchestras as 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 The Queen of Spades (Metropolitan Opera, New York). His recordings include works by Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss and Stravinsky with the CBSO on Orfeo and Opus Arte DVDs of La bohème and Lohengrin.
News and features
The Opera Machine — an extraordinary 17-camera view of the theatrical process — wins in the Creative Communication category.
Claus Guth’s production of Strauss’s exotic fairytale and the extraordinary multi-camera view of Die Walküre nominated for awards.
Acclaimed bass-baritone Bryn Terfel on the complexities of The Dutchman and working with Andris Nelsons.