Monday, October 11, 2010

Dudamel and Domingo

Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times

Plácido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel together for the first time

The general director of the Los Angeles Opera and the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic meet for a conversation before fans.

As the sun went down Sunday evening, two of the biggest stars in the classical music world shone bright to an adoring audience of fans who gathered to bask in their radiance. Plácido Domingo and Gustavo Dudamel have been next-door neighbors on Grand Avenue for more than a year, but on Sunday they shared the stage for the first time.

No music was made (except a glimmer of …
Paul Anka) and the lingua franca was English, not their native Spanish. The maestros, who have an age difference of 40 years but who share the ability to charm even the most cynical audiences, participated in a Los Angeles Times Roundtable conversation at the Music Center during which they spoke about their careers, shared anecdotes from their private lives and even promised a more formal stage collaboration in Los Angeles.

A good portion of the conversation focused on the musicians' Latino heritage...more

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