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Andris Nelsons


Andris Nelsons in action.
Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve

Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons conducts Elektra for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Nelsons made his Royal Opera debut in December 2009 with La bohème, and has since returned to The Royal Opera to conduct Madama Butterfly and Salome.

Born in Latvia into a family of musicians, Nelsons became fascinated by opera at the age of 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 long-term mentor. Nelsons was Principal Conductor of Latvian National Opera 2003–7. At the start of the 2008/9 season he became Principal Conductor with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In March 2013 Nelsons was appointed Music Director of Boston Symphony Orchestra. He holds the title of Music Director Designate with them for the 2013/14 season.

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. He also maintains a busy opera schedule, notable appearances including 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. He is married to the soprano Kristine Opolais.


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Watch: Andris Nelsons on Elektra

Watch: Andris Nelsons on Elektra

26 September 2013

The Latvian conductor on the emotional and technical demands of Richard Strauss’s gripping drama.

Your reaction: Elektra

Your reaction: Elektra

24 September 2013

A selection of audience tweets about Charles Edwards's production of Richard Strauss's opera.