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 Die Zauberflöte for Rome Opera, Hartmann’s Simplicus Simplicissimus, Henze’s Gisela! and We Come to the River as well as Lohengrin, Pelleas et Melisande and Karl May at the Semper Oper Dresden, La Traviata for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cosi fan Tutte with Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Lisbon, Reimann’s Lear for Malmo Opera, Otello, Giulio Cesare and Ariane et Barbe-bleu in Frankfurt, 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. Recent and future plans include plans include Billy Budd in Frankfurt, Pelleas et Melisande in Basel, a double bill of Oedipus Rex and Il prigioniero in Dresden, his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich with Krenek’s Karl V, Oedipus Rex and a Manfred Trojahn premiere for Dutch National Opera, and Norma in Frankfurt. In summer 2021 he conducted Das Rheingold for the Tiroler Festspiele, directed by Brigitte Fassbaender, which launches a complete Ring cycle.
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.