Nobel Prize committee names its conductor

They have chosen the most important functionary at the annual awards ceremony, after the King of Sweden.

The man who will conduct this year’s Nobel Prize concert on December 8 is Andris Nelsons, incoming Boston Symphony music director. His wife, Kristine Opolais, will sing the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin. Hakan Hardenberger will play Rolf Martinsson’s trumpet concerto and the concert will conclude with Beethoven’s seventh symphony.

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  • Great choice with the Beethoven 7. Heard him perform it in Cardiff a couple of years ago; great detail and wonderful swashbuckling style!

  • What a thrill it is to see young Andris in action on the podium – clearly the orchestras love him to bits.

    I first saw him, close-up, in a concert performance of ‘Lohengrin’ (in Birmingham) ahead of his Bayreuth debut. A front row seat may not be the perfect place to sit, but you sure get a good view of the conductor. I was entranced.

    His Dvorak’s ‘New World’ is equally exciting (just how I imagine Anton Seidl approached this work) and as for his ‘Elektra’ – WOW (no, double WOW)

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