The Lucerne Festival has let it be known that the Venezuelan flagship orchestra will not be performing there with Gustavo Dudamel this summer. They were scheduled for September 15 and 16.
There are two underlying reasons:
1 Dudamel is now persona non grata with the regime.
2 So many of the best players have fled the country that the orchestra can no long field a credible ensemble.
It’s Simon Bolivar, RIP.
Lucerne has called in Mirga and the CBSO and Cecilia Bartoli and her ensemble as replacements.
Other festivals will also be affected by the cancellation.