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Andris Nelsons

Conductor

Biography

Andris Nelsons in action.
Andris Nelsons. Photo by Marco Borggreve 2015

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.

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.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Bryn Terfel introduces Wagner’s masterful Der fliegende Holländer

Watch: Bryn Terfel introduces Wagner’s masterful Der fliegende Holländer

6 February 2015

Acclaimed bass-baritone Bryn Terfel on the complexities of The Dutchman and working with Andris Nelsons.

Recommended Recordings: February 2015

Recommended Recordings: February 2015

30 January 2015

This month the focus falls on new recordings from Anna Netrebko, Andris Nelsons and Diana Damrau.

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.

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