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Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Friday, May 29 at 10pm on WGBH 2

This wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrates the start of BSO music director Andris Nelsons’ tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra and features two of the conductor’s close colleagues, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and the internationally acclaimed German tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Each sings selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo repertoires, they then join forces for a powerful duet from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The concert opens 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.

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Great Performances

The start of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons’ tenure with the orchestra features two of the conductor’s close colleagues.

Twilight: Los Angeles

Twilight: Los Angeles

Great Performances

Anna Deavere Smith performs "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992."

90 min.

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert

Great Performances

Annie Lennox performs songs from her 2014 "Nostalgia" album.

60 min.

Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro Il Penseroso ed il Moderato

Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro Il Penseroso ed il Moderato

Great Performances

Mark Morris' "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato."

120 min.

La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema

La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema

Great Performances

Revel in a romantic concert of lush music from classic Italian movies.

American Voices With Renée Fleming

American Voices With Renée Fleming

Great Performances

An overview of the American Voices festival.

90 min.

Schedule

Friday
5/29/15 9:00 PM
WGBH 2
Saturday
5/30/15 1:00 AM
WGBH 2
Friday
6/12/15 9:00 PM
WGBH 2
Sunday
6/14/15 4:30 PM
WGBH 2
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