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Entertainment Puccini, Mozart ... Dudamel lift (already) The veil on his first season at the Paris Opera

22:05  16 april  2021
22:05  16 april  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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Fraîchement nommé directeur musical de l'Opéra de Paris, le chef d'orchestre vénézuélien Gustavo Dudamel, invité vendredi d' © Stephane de Sakutin / AFP Freshly appointed musical director of the Paris Opera, the Venezuelan Orchestra leader Gustavo Dudamel, guest Friday of "Europe evening", gave some clarification as to the musical programming of the first season he will go to the head of the prestigious institution, in 2021-2022.

Its particularly expressive direction, its sparkling look and its looped tignass make it a recognizable conductor among all. But it is mostly one of the most talented of its generation. Specialist of the symphonic repertoire of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel has just been appointed to 40 years Music Director of the Paris Opera. The one who has made his arms by tackling repertoire monuments, as the impressive 5th Symphony of Gustav Mahler, will take office next August for a six-year term, thus succeeding Philippe Jordan.

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"Wonderful experience"

"I feel honored and happy," reacted the conductor at the microphone of Europe evening, a few hours after the announcement of his appointment. "Why Paris? Because it's a place that has exceptional qualities. It's one of the biggest operas in the world, with a very long and beautiful tradition," he explains. "I could not refuse this invitation."

Especially since the maestro already knows the musicians of the Paris Opera, which he had led a first time in 2017, in the bohemian of Puccini. "It was a wonderful experience, and one of the reasons I am today in Paris. (...) On the first rehearsal, we could establish a link, a connection with this wish to transform things and to work as a team, "he remembers.

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the leader, that we have heard less often in the operatic repertoire that symphonic, is impatient to take up this new challenge. "At the opera, there is theater, dance, all that implies acoustic work. It's a challenge to put all that into music and get a homogeneous result that can convey a message for the public ", Pointe the one who was 35 years old the youngest guest to lead the very prestigious New Year's concert in Vienna.

Puccini and Mozart in the program of the season 2021-2022

Gustavo Dudamel, who will also continue to occupy his position as director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, is already at work to compose his first season with the Paris opera, that of 2021-2022. "We already have a fairly clear idea of ​​the first season, with Turandot de Puccini in Bastille, and the marriage of Figaro de Mozart at the Garnier Palace," he says in Europe 1.

under his direction, the symphonic concerts of The Orchestra of the Paris Opera could inform the repertoire of the nineteenth and twentieth century, since the Venezuelan, in addition to Carpenter and Mozart, evokes pell-mell of the concerts dedicated to Berlioz, Mahler, Ravel and Boulez.

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son of a trombonist and a singing teacher, formed via the Venezuelan popular program of El Sistema Music Education, and renowned for his very large spontaneity, Gustavo Dudamel could well dust in depth An institution of which is still too often in the incend. "I grew up in a house where there was a lot of music. In El Sistema, who became a real family, there was a team to accompany me. That's why my perception is not elitist . I do not know if I make music in a different way, but in all cases I conceive it in a particular way, "concludes the conductor.

Dudamel vows to stamp his DNA on Paris Opera .
Gustavo Dudamel, bringing a gust of flamboyant celebrity to the Paris Opera as its new musical director, told AFP he wants to break down the walls of the fabled institution in search of new audiences. His name was top of the list when the Paris Opera's director-general Alexander Neef asked his musicians who should succeed Swiss musical director Philippe Jordan. Dudamel had performed there only once, directing La Boheme by Puccini in 2017, but it was a moment that stuck. "It was marvellous. I remember it like it was yesterday," Dudamel told AFP in an interview at the Palais Garnier ahead of his official nomination on Friday. "It was magic.

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