Dudamel confirms he speaks no French and commissions an English balletmain
In his opening statement as music director of the Opéra de Paris, Gustavo Dudamel is speaking fluent, heavily accented English.
He is being translated simultaenously into Spanish and French.
Gustavo is paying tribute to his Venezuelan mentor José Antonio Abreu for arousing his love of opera. The pair are pictured here with the former Venezuelan dictator Chavez.
He has also announced a ballet commission to the British composer Thomas Ades.