During his years in Frankfurt Erik Nielsen conducted a wide repertoire, ranging from Handel to Reimann (the German premiere of Medea). In January 2009 Erik Nielsen made his London debut conducting The Magic Flute for English National Opera.
Opera engagements in recent years include Krenek’s Karl V, Das Rheingold and Peter Grimes for the Bayerische Staatsoper, a double bill of Oedipus Rex and Il prigioniero, Hartmann’s Simplicus Simplicissimus, Henze’s Gisela! and We Come to the River as well as Lohengrin, Pelleas et Melisande and Rusalka at the Semper Oper Dresden, the world premiere of Trojahn’s Eurydice for Dutch National Opera, La Traviata for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cosi fan Tutte with Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Lisbon, Reimann’s Lear for Malmo Opera, Otello, Norma, Giulio Cesare, Billy Budd and Ariane et Barbe-bleu in Frankfurt, Salome, Peter Grimes and Trojahn’s Oreste for Opernhaus Zürich, The Merchant of Venice at the Bregenz Festival, the world premeiere of Dai Fujikawa’s Solaris at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, La forza del destino in Luxembourg, Die Tote Stadt and Salome in Bilbao, The Rake’s Progress for Hungarian State Opera, Elektra, Eugene Onegin, Macbeth, Die Tote Stadt and Lucio Silla in Basel and Carmen and Peter Pan for Welsh National Opera. In summer 2023 he completed The Ring at the Tiroler Festspiele, directed by Brigitte Fassbaender, and will conduct complete Cycles in summer 2024.
Future plans include Oedipus Rex in Amsterdam, Aida in Frankfurt and The Love for Three Oranges in Dresden..
Concert engagements include performances with Chicago Civic Orchestra, Kölner Kammerorchester, the Royal Swedish Opera, Basel Sinfonieorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquesta Sinfonica Castilla y Leon, Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Sinefonieorchester Basel, RTE National Symphony Orchestra., Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Junge Deustche Philharmonie, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.