He has been the conductor of the Berkeley Symphony for 26 years. He became principal conductor and artistic director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, while still maintaining his relationship with the Berkeley Symphony. He then became the music director of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester and the Opéra de Lyon. Olivier Messiaen chose Nagano to premiere his opera Saint François d'Assise in 1983. He has been a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, where he premiered Katja Saariaho's L'Amour de loin in 2000.
He also conducted the world premier of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer in Brussels. He became the music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 2006 and of the Bavarian State Opera in 2006. He relinquished his position at the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in September 2006. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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