US conductor jumps in at Paris Opéra without noticeNews
A slightly bemusing photo-caption from James Gaffigan in Paris:
James Gaffigan: With Alexander Neef right before a beautiful performance of “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Gustavo Dudamel. At intermission he asked me what I was doing tomorrow afternoon. I said “Nothing”… and then he said, “Do you want to conduct ‘Don Giovanni’?” I said, “Why not,” but he said that it would be the Vienna version. I said, “I’ve never done the Vienna version” to which he responded, “You will love it” and I did!! An amazing cast and orchestra following a wonderful opening of “Manon” this past Friday with the Opéra national de Paris.
Memo to mestros: Always go to the Opéra on spare nights. You never know when you might be needed.