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Just in: Tanglewood names Nelsons replacement

Carlo Montanaro (pictured), a Zubin Mehta protégé, will take over this Saturday’s Verdi Requiem from Andris Nelsons, who is in a German hospital bed with concussion.

The bass-baritone Ferrucio Furlanettohas pulled out with a cold and the soprano Kristine Opolais is still a question mark. She’s at Nelsons’s bedside, as his wife.


Dear Tanglewood Ticket Holder,

Conductor Carlo Montanaro, in his BSO debut, will step in for Andris Nelsons for the performance of the Verdi Requiem on Saturday, July 27. Bass-baritone Eric Owens will replace Ferruccio Furlanetto who has a bad cold.

Updated program listing:

Saturday, July 27, 8:30pm, Shed
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Carlo Montanaro, conductor
Kristine Opolais, soprano
Lioba Braun, mezzo-soprano
Dmytro Popov, tenor
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor 

VERDI Requiem

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  1. Emil Archambault says:

    Eric Owens replaces Furlanetto who is sick, not the opposite!

  2. Daniel Farber says:

    Eric Owens is the Tom Brady to Furlanetto’s Drew Bledsoe: the BSO caught a break (finally).

  3. Thomasina Watson says:

    I beg your pardon? Have you HEARD Furlanetto? He is still singing like a God. Owens sounds like he’s on his deathbed in comparison…

  4. Stephen Owades says:

    The other two concerts of this coming Tanglewood weekend also required substitutions, as conductor Christoph Eschenbach is unable to fly due to an inner-ear infection. Friday night will be led by Edo de Waart, with Garrick Ohlsson filling Eschenbach’s other role as piano soloist in a Mozart concerto (a different one than originally planned). And Sunday afternoon will feature former BSO Assistant Conductor and current Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot.

    Soprano Kristīne Opolais is singing in the Verdi, which portends well for her husband Andris Nelsons’s recovery.

  5. WTreash says:

    Regardless of all the chatter, it was MAGNIFICENT!

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