Puccini

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
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Hear Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sing the demanding title role of Puccini’s Chinese ice princess, with Anita Hartig as the angelic slave girl Liu and Marco Berti as Calaf. Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s 1987 production.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

 

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, then join forces for a powerful duet from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The concert opens with Wagner’sTannhäuser 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.