Dudamel steps down in Paris for personal reasons

Gustavo Dudamel is stepping down as Music Director of the Paris Opera at the end of the current 2022/23 season, less than two years after starting the role, for personal reasons.

‘It is with a heavy heart, and after long consideration, that I announce my resignation as Music Director of the Paris Opera, in order to spend more time with my family’, said the Venezuelan conductor, who is also Music Director of the LA Philharmonic and due to take over the New York Philharmonic in 2026.

‘It has been a privilege to share such wonderful moments with the Orchestra, Chorus, and artistic teams of Opera de Paris over the past two seasons. This is a time which I believe has changed all of us in many unique and complex ways, and I certainly have a greater appreciation for life, and for how art and music enriches my every day existence and that of those around us. I have no plans other than to be with my loved ones,’ he added.

The announcement was completely unexpected – his initial appointment began in 2021 and was due to run until the 2026/7 season. Alexander Neef, Director of the Paris Opera, issued a statement of thanks to Dudamel ‘whose passion and immense talent have brought so much to the repertoire of our house. He was able to forge a special relationship with the musicians of the Orchestra, the artists of the Chorus, the singers and the artistic teams … Gustavo Dudamel is an immense musician.

'I express my deep gratitude to him for the work accomplished during his tenure, and I fully respect his decision,’ added Neef.

Source: https://www.gramophone.co.uk/

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