Exclusive tummy shots of Dudamel conducting

Exclusive tummy shots of Dudamel conducting


norman lebrecht

December 12, 2018

This is dress rehearsal footage of Gustavo Dudamel preparing for his Met debut this week in Otello.

As he heats up, his shirt loses traction with his trousers.

Good to see some passion in that pit.



  • Anders Lindgren says:


  • anon says:

    Solti has got to be the Father of all tummy-exposing, underwear-showing, over-heated-passionate opera conducting in history:


  • The View from America says:

    It must be a slow news day at SD …

  • Lucia says:

    Now we know what yo give him for Christmas; longer T-shirts…

  • David A, Boxwell says:

    All the greats (Furtwangler, Toscanini, Horenstein, et al.) just had “one-packs.”

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Note: tummies = children; abdomens = adults.

  • Debrah says:

    And this is relevant because…?

  • aj says:

    You might notice with this Hollywood pop culture arm
    waver the noise level changes little while the arm waver
    gets himself into a frenzy .Eye candy for the masses .

    • opus 131 says:

      I’ve played under him. While I wouldn’t quite put him in my top 10 over my 30+ years in a major orchestra, I do have a great deal of respect for him. He is by no means a fraud; far from it. He is skilled and musical, an appealing individual who attracts people to classical music who otherwise might not have us on their radar. I am mystified as to why some might regard this as a bad thing.

      • Petros Linardos says:

        Maybe because many people overreact at the thought that his fame and hype are disproportionate to his musical talent. The latter seems backed up by your informed assessment, which you reasonably put into perspective.

      • Saxon Broken says:

        A very generous and fair assessment. He is a good conductor, but not a great. That is nevertheless, very talented indeed.

  • Theresa says:

    A true master of the 4-beat pattern. And the syllables he emits are almost linked to the Italian libretto. Never mind, enthusiasm is everything! 😉

  • Patrick says:

    It happens to the best of them….Solti:



    much worse mishap was Nelsons conducting Mahler 2 in a short jacket and low trousers; in America I think they call it plumber’s crack…..

  • Bruce says:

    Tummy-shots of conductors are like butt-crack shots of plumbers: frequent, unwanted, and not that special.

  • Milly K. says:

    I’m a musician who’s worked with a lot of conductors, so I’ve seen this a lot. It’s just a thing that happens. It’s not unusual.