Just in: Dudamel flies Paris Opéra Ballet to LA

Just in: Dudamel flies Paris Opéra Ballet to LA


norman lebrecht

June 21, 2022

The first major initiative of Gustavo Dudamel as music director in Paris is to fly out his opera company to perform at the Hollywood Bowl.

There will be two performances on 20-21 July in front of an audience of 34,000 people.

Smart, and cool.


  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Good thing for Paris and LA. Paris has one of the two or three best or prestigious ballet houses in the world. Many americans will want to see that. The Hollywood Bowl is a magic place for classical and pop. Like the Dodgers stadium for baseball.

    • V.Lind says:

      I think it’s great for the Paris Opéra Ballet to appear in LA, and the Dudamel initiative is excellent. But it is hardly in the top tier of ballet companies in the world. It used to be — long before thee and me — but it does not belong in the same breath as the Royal, the Mariinsky, the Bolshoi, ABT or NYCB. Nor even the National Ballets of Cuba and Canada. Nor even San Francisco Ballet.

  • Chicagorat says:

    Incredible and amazing. Paris and LA are lucky, and they will be for many years to come.

  • Alviano says:

    I thought we weren’t supposed to do things like this so as to protect the climate.

  • tet says:

    Good for him and LA and Paris! Now that’s real synergy created by a joint music director of his 2 institutions that fill real needs and create real opportunities for both institutions,, without one stepping on the other.

    (I’m talking to you Nelsons and Nezet-Séguin, with your pretend nonexistent collaborations of your respective institutions.)

    Let’s hope Mäkelä is inspired to do something similar with Paris, Amsterdan, and Oslo.

    • Concertgebouw79 says:

      Mäkelä did a concert with Oslo in Paris last month. The RCO is coming every year in Paris once or twice but not with Mäkelä for the moment. Next time it will be with Jarvi son, a former MD of Orchestre de Paris

    • JB says:

      Does this kind of collaboration really depend on the fact that both institutions have the same music director ?

  • sonicsinfonia says:

    This is a month – hardly news. It must have been planned for the last couple of years and tickets probably been on sale for a while…

    • Kman says:

      It’s news to me.

    • M2N2K says:

      It was first announced just a couple of months ago and tickets went on sale a few weeks after that, but the plans for it could not possibly have been finalized much earlier because of constantly changing pandemic-related regulations of various participating countries.

  • Maestro says:

    I seem to remember reading on this blog that you were very much against orchestras doing international tours. Yet you’re quite happy to endorse the Paris Opera and Ballet going to LA for 48 hours worth of performances. Why the discrepancy?