Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Britten: Les illuminations

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Benjamin Britten Les illuminations

Ian Bostridge tenor


After reading history and philosophy at both Oxford and Cambridge, Ian Bostridge went on to become one of the world’s greatest tenors. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York, La Scala in Milan, and on the leading festival stages of Edinburgh, Salzburg and Aldeburgh. Bostridge has served as artist in residence at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and at both the Barbican and Wigmore Hall in London. He also had his own Carte Blanche series together with Thomas Quasthoff at the Concertgebouw. His operatic roles range from Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea to Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Caliban in Adès’s The Tempest. Bostridge has worked with such conductors as James Levine, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Simon Rattle and has made appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Bostridge was awarded a CBE in 2004.

Before studying conducting, Andris Nelsons embarked on a musical career as a trumpet player with the orchestra of the Latvian National Opera. He has also won various prizes as a singer. In 2001, he moved to St Petersburg to study conducting with Alexander Titov. He studied privately with Mariss Jansons starting a year later. Andris Nelsons is music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2014. In addition, he will be Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with effect from the 2017/18 season. Earlier, he served as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2008-2015), the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (2006-2009) and the Latvian National Opera in his native city of Riga (2003-2007). The Latvian conductor also works regularly with the Berlin and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich and the New York Philharmonic. He has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London; the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and the Vienna State Opera. He has also made various guest appearances at the Bayreuth Festival.