That’s what Andris Nelsons has just told his orchestra, and more power to him. Let’s hear it for father’s rights.
Mrs Nelsons is the Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais. They married in April. I guess’ she’ll be taking some time off as well.
Here’s the Birmingham press release.
Media notice – December concerts with Andris Nelsons
Unfortunately, Andris Nelsons has withdrawn from his December performances with the CBSO due to the imminent arrival of his first child.
Nikolaj Znaider has kindly agreed to take his place at short notice on 7 Dec – Bruckner’s Seventh including the UK premiere of Ruders’ Symphony No 4 and 10 Dec – Tuned in: Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony
CBSO associate conductor Michael Seal will take his place on 14 Dec – Benevolent Fund Concert
Apologies for an inconvenience caused.
All review tickets are still available for the above performances.