Dudamel puts his Paris opener online for free

Dudamel puts his Paris opener online for free


norman lebrecht

September 18, 2021

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Dudamel’s inaugural concert will be filmed by François-René Martin and co-produced by the Paris Opera and Caméra Lucida, with the help of France Télévisions, Mezzo and Medici.tv, the support of the CNC and the Orange Foundation – Sponsor of the audiovisual broadcastings at the Paris Opera.

This concert will be broadcast live and for free on September 22, at 7:30pm on Medici.tv and on l’Opéra chez soi, the Paris Opera’s digital platform, as well as on Mezzo. It will also be broadcast later on Culture box and on France Télévision. The performance will also be recorded by France Musique to be aired on October 2, at 8pm in Judith Chaine’s talk show “Samedi à l’Opéra”.

Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Chorus Master: Ching-Lien Wu
Choir Director: Gaël Darchen
Sopranos: Diana Damrau, Sabine Devieilhe
Mezzo-Sopranos: Clémentine Margaine, Ekaterina Gubanova, Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur
Tenors: Matthew Polenzani, Kiup Lee, Tobias Westman
Baritone: Gerald Finley, Timothée Varon
Bass: Aaron Pendleton


  • sam says:

    Goes to show why Europe is so much more attractive than the US for conductors thinking about their future on either continent.

    One, you get instant access to talent without them having to negotiate US covid visas and travel rules.

    Two, you get multi-media platforms to broadcast your performance, whereas in the US, there is only one, PBS, and its “Live from Lincoln Center” (if you’re not in New York, you’re screwed), and PBS will still cut your performance off at the end if you run a bit too long for their advertisers.

    Dudamel is having the time of his life, at the highest point in his career thus far, in total command of LA for which he has won the respect of critics and colleagues throughout the US, and a whole new operatic world opening up based in Paris but broadcast throughout Europe via the biggest classical music platforms arte, mezzo and medici.

  • fierywoman says:

    Ummmm … what opera is it going to be?

  • Bratsche Brat says:

    That’s a whole lotta singer names, with no mention of composers or works to be performed!

  • Elba Stephens says:

    Would like to see it in Miami Florida.Is it possible to access in where I live?

  • Tom says:

    Composer? Composition?

    • Anonymous Bosch says:

      So dann! We have (probably):

      „Carmen“ – Ouverture an/or „Habanera“
      „Doctor Atomic“ – „Batter my heart“ – Finley (magnificent aria)
      „Lohengrin“ – Prelude Act I and/or III; „In fernem Land“
      „Ainadamar“ – ???
      „Der Rosenkavalier“ – Act III trio
      „Falstaff“ – „Tutto nel mondo è burla“
      „La Vida breve“ – ???
      „Peter Grimes“ – Sea Intrlude(s); Act III chorus („Grimes is at his exercise“)

      Just guessing.

  • Ari Bocian says:

    Here’s a description of the event from the Paris Opera’s website:

    This inaugural concert features an anthology of opera excerpts, inviting us to rediscover great arias, duets, ensembles and musical interludes from a rich and eclectic repertoire in a truly exceptional performance. From Georges Bizet’s Carmen to John Adams’ Doctor Atomic, from Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin to Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier to Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff, from Manuel De Falla’s La Vida breve to Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Orchestra, Chorus, Academy’s artists and guest performers. A true musical celebration for the first edition of this exceptional concert.