Gustavo Dudamel Resigns As Music Director of Opéra National de Paris

By Francisco Salazar

The Opéra National de Paris has announced the resignation of Gustavo Dudamel as Music Director at the end of the 2022-23 season for personal reasons.

In a statement, Dudamel said, “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. 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, to whom I am deeply grateful for helping me to continue to be strong in my resolve to grow and remain challenged, both personally and artistically, each and every day.”

For his part, General Director Alexander Neef said, “I would like to thank Gustavo 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, a relationship marked by mutual respect and the desire to create the most beautiful performances together. The recent success of ‘Nixon in China’ is one of the most striking illustrations. 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.”

The Opéra de Paris announced that it will communicate details about the upcoming 2023-24 season and any changes that may occur with Dudamel’s announced performances. The company also noted that it will take time to look for a new Music Director.

Dudamel is set to become the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic during the 2026-27 season.