Critic’s Choice

April 4, 2018 at 1:37 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann

The Andris Nelsons era of the Boston Symphony Orchestra has brought many memorable performances of concert operas. The Latvian conductor has led Strauss’s Salome, Elektra, and Der Rosenkavalier in Symphony Hall in recent seasons, and has conducted Wagner in Tanglewood.

This week, Nelsons leads the BSO and an all-star cast in Act II of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Tenor superstar Jonas Kaufmann will be in the spotlight with soprano Camilla Nylund as the titular characters. Rounding out the cast will be bass Georg Zeppenfeld as Marke, mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura as Brangäne, tenor Andrew Rees as Melot, and baritone David Kravitz as Kurwenal.

The program will open with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. Performances will take place 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at Symphony Hall. bso.org; 888-266-1200

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POLLINI RECITAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Maurizio Pollini makes his anticipated return to Boston with a Celebrity Series recital of music by Chopin and Debussy, works that have defined his place as one of today’s foremost concert artists. The Italian pianist will perform Chopin’s Prélude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45, the Barcarolle in F-sharp minor, Op. 60, and the death-haunted Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat minor, op.35. Pollini will fill out the program with Debussy’s Préludes, Book II.

The performance will take place 3 p.m. Sunday at Symphony Hall. celebrityseries.org; 617- 482-6661

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