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Erik Nielsen

  • Conductor


Erik Nielsen, born in Iowa in 1977, joined the Frankfurt Opera in 2002, and in 2008/9 took up the position of Kapellmeister there. Prior to moving to Frankfurt, he played harp in the Berlin Philharmonic as a member of its Orchester-Akademie. He studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and received his bachelor’s degree as a double-major in oboe and harp at The Juilliard School in New York.

During the last two seasons Erik Nielsen's repertoire at the Frankfurt Opera has included Le Nozze di FigaroDie Entführung aus dem SerailLa Clemenza di TitoCosì fan tutteToscaAngels in AmericaCurlew RiverLa bohèmeLucia di Lammermoor,  Lohengrin, Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus,  and a double-bill of chamber operas by Holst and Vaughan Williams.