Great Performances: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelson
Airing Friday, May 29th at 9:00pm
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 Tannhauser 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.