Last September’s gala event celebrating the start of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons’ tenure with the orchestra features two of the conductor’s close colleagues: his wife, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, and the outstanding German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, each singing selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires.
The concert opens fittingly with Wagner’s Tannhäuser 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.”
The program selections shine a special focus on this exciting new collaboration between conductor and orchestra, and also include Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, with Opolais; and the Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana.
Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
Wagner: “In fernem Land” from Lohengrin, Act III – Kaufmann
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde – Opolais
Mascagni: “Mamma, quel vino è generoso” from Cavalleria rusticana, Act II – Kaufmann
Puccini: “Un bel di” from Madama Butterfly – Opolais
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Puccini: “Tu, tu, amore? Tu?” from Manon Lescaut, Act II – Opalais, Kaufmann
Puccini: Act I finale La Boheme (encore) – Opalais, Kaufmann
Respighi: “Pines of Rome”
Learn more about the program.