Dudamel: I see light at the end of the tunnel

Dudamel: I see light at the end of the tunnel


norman lebrecht

February 26, 2019

After conducting at the Oscars, the former Chavez and Maduro loyalist said this to reporters:

‘My country is going through a terrible crisis. This situation which we have to leave as soon as possible. Enough of so much indifference and insolence.

‘I think that most people are demanding a change and this change has to be given. I say this to my Venezuelan brothers: the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight. We’re very close, with faith and conviction, we will set ourselves free.’



  • anon says:

    Such brave and inspiring words.

    Dude, how about those Oscar afterparties!

  • Mark says:

    Referring to Dudamels time there ,Chavez should never have wasted so much money on funding orchestra and spent it on having a system of open competition and not state corruption

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      Chavez knew, as many dictators have in the past, that if you ‘win’ the creative community you’ve got a fast-tracked way to success: they’ll ‘speak’ FOR you. Hitler knew it very well.

  • observer says:

    Dudamel’s comment is a sad reminder that everything in the USA is for sale.

    One also sees how the US is currently normalizing relations with North Korea, but doing everything possible to destroy Venezuela, even though N. Korea is far worse. The difference is oil.

    • aj says:

      What nonsense and virtuous finger pointing, most
      everything every where is for sale ,,,it is just the matter of price whether it be power or money

  • Caravaggio says:

    No. It is: The Dude sees HIS light through the tunnel, all the way from start to end. So big deal he attended the Oscars, a ceremony visibly in decline and now politicized unlike never before. A sham, like the Grammys or the Nobel Peace or the Nobel Lit. How stupid the Dude looked, and the rest of the audience too, clapping along to Queen’s music. It was embarrassing to watch.

    • Rgiarola says:

      The things you wrote presents clearly the crime scene.

    • Steve says:

      Dudamel didn’t just attend the Oscars, he conducted the LA Philharmonic in a John Williams work written to accompany the “In Memoriam” segment.

      • Stephen Owades says:

        The music he conducted for the Oscars “In Memoriam” segment was from John Williams’s score to “Superman”; it was not specially composed for this occasion.

  • Tiredofitall says:

    All of my Venezuelan friends who had to leave their country under duress for the US have great disdain for Dudamel.

    Note to Caravaggio – Since when has the Oscars NOT be politicised? Were you not watching 40 years ago when Marlon Brando sent a surrogate to accept his award??? Your anti-American bias is misplaced and boring.

  • Tiredofitall says:

    That would be “been politicised”, not “be”. Sorry.

  • Harrumph says:

    He is nauseating.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    I don’t know for sure, but I’m betting The Dude – along with most of the Left – was cheering Chavez and his ‘socialism’. Then it all turns ugly and, like Pontius Pilate, they wash their hands of it. They never learn; they still fetishize Marxism and socialism and now Bernie Sanders is to make a run. Self-awareness; not the strong suit of the Left.

    That’s mostly because its operatives are permanently trapped in undergraduate utopianism. That’s not to say the system we have is perfect – but their ‘cure’ is worse than the ‘disease’.

    • The T says:

      Didn’t Churchill say that Democracy was the worst form of government…until you look at all the other forms of government?

  • El Cid says:

    It was the oil of Venezuela that paid for Gustavo’s music education at no cost to his working class family. Now, Trump wants to steal Venezuela’s oil, and not a word from Gustavo. The US imposes an economic siege intended to starve the Venezuelans into submission. Not a word from Gustavo. He has taken millions from the Hollywood elites, and has turned his back on his people. Treachery is difficult to recover from. May God forgive him. Most Venezuelans will not want anything to do with him…Sad.