Nelsons cancels Tanglewood appearance due to injury

Posted on: July 23, 2013

In Monday’s (7/22) Berkshire Eagle (Lenox, Massachusetts), Clarence Fanto reports, “In what Boston Symphony Managing Director Mark Volpe called ‘a stroke of bad luck,’ incoming Music Director Andris Nelsons has been forced to cancel his first concert appearance at Tanglewood this Saturday since he was named to the post in May. The conductor, 34, suffered a severe concussion over the weekend at a home in Bayreuth, Germany, where he was staying while leading performances at the annual festival … ‘But he’s young, energetic, and he’s expected to make a full recovery,’ said Volpe in an interview from his office on the Tanglewood campus late Monday. Artistic Administrator Tony Fogg and Volpe are scrambling to line up a replacement conductor for the widely heralded performance of Verdi’s Requiem. In order to honor her commitment and represent the family, soprano Kristine Opolais, Nelsons’ wife, is expected to appear as scheduled for the concert Saturday evening, Volpe said, since she’s confident about his progress. … Nelsons was struck in the head by a door that unexpectedly swung over, Volpe explained, and was hospitalized in Bayreuth. … ‘It’s a bump in the road,’ Volpe went on, ‘but we’ll be seeing him in Boston as scheduled in October.’ ”

Posted July 23, 2013