We’re hearing from Paris Opéra musicians that Gustavo Dudamel’s agent is negotiating final salary details before the conductor signs on shortly as music director of one of Europe’s more turbulent opera houses.
Part of the deal is that Dude, 39, will remain music director of the LA Phil for an unspecified period, even though he now lives in Spain.
This will be only his third job outside his native Venezuela.
One Venezuelan newspaper, La Vanguardia, has prematurely announced his Paris appointment as a done deal. It’s close, though, likely to be sealed this week.
Dudamel does not speak French, but then neither did Paavo Järvi at the Orchestre de Paris.