A trip to the opera when Andris Nelsons was five turned into a lifelong passion for the eventual musical director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Marco Borggreve A trip to the opera when Andris Nelsons was five turned into a lifelong passion for the eventual musical director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Marco Borggreve
A trip to the opera when Andris Nelsons was five turned into a lifelong passion for the eventual musical director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Marco Borggreve

Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons on his love of Wagner, putting music in context and its mystical quality

  • Seeing a Wagner opera when he was five made Latvian Andris Nelsons want to be a conductor. At 41, he is music director of two of the world’s leading orchestras
  • He talks about trying to ‘catch the spirit’ of a piece, how music ‘reflects what we feel, what we fear’, and the Boston players’ ‘beautiful and rich sound’

Topic |   Classical music
A trip to the opera when Andris Nelsons was five turned into a lifelong passion for the eventual musical director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Marco Borggreve A trip to the opera when Andris Nelsons was five turned into a lifelong passion for the eventual musical director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Marco Borggreve
A trip to the opera when Andris Nelsons was five turned into a lifelong passion for the eventual musical director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Marco Borggreve
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