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Gustavo Dudamel Conquers the Opera de Paris
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This charming, light-hearted concert is a celebration of Gustavo Dudamel’s appointment as Music Director of the Opera de Paris. It 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, and guest performers.
This concert has quite a roster of international star singers. They include Clementine Margaine, Matthew Polenzani, Ekaterina Gubanova, Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur, Gerald Finley, Jacquelyn Wagner, Sabine Devieilhe, Tobias Westman. Directed by François-René Martin.
Conquers? I am not so sure. It is telling that the first new major production of the Neef era, Enescu’s Oedipe, was lead by another, much better conductor: Ingo Metzmacher. Of course, to save appearances, this concert was hastily put together, which features the dude at his most flashy.
But flash is in, substance is out. Notice the death of Radu Lupu and Nicholas Angelich. What a contrast between them, and the two most discussed pianists on this site: Khatia and bang-Wang.
The most discussed pianist on this website, by far, is Glenn Gould, Don Ciccio. He’s featured weekly. Clickbait.
If you actually do a search, you will see that it is the wang that gets most results returned, not Glenn Gould – though, I must cothe differences are not that big.