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John Nelson

Conductor

The American conductor John Nelson was born in San José in 1941 and studied at the Juilliard. He is particularly associated with the music of Berlioz, and above all with his epic Les Troyensp/i], with which he made his New York debut in 1973 and his Metropolitan Opera debut two years later when he stood in for an ailing Rafael Kubelík. (In 2017 Nelson eventually fulfilled his long-term dream of recording the opera – released on Erato and starring Joyce DiDonato and Michael Spyres, it swept the board at the following year’s awards ceremonies, winning Recording of the Year at the Gramophone Awards, and also took prizes at the International Opera Awards, Opus Klassik Awards, and BBC Music Magazine Awards).

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 Recording of the Week, John Nelson conducts Les Troyens

Joyce DiDonato and Michael Spyres triumph as the doomed lovers in Berlioz's Classical epic, recorded live in Strasbourg earlier this year.

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