2010 Opening Night Concert
at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Werke von / Works by
Donizetti · Granda · Grever · Gutiérrez · Lara
Márquez · Moncayo · Rossini · Verdi
Juan Diego Flórez · Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel
Int. Release 26 Nov. 2010
1 DVD-Video
0440 073 4628 0
Picture Format: 16:9
Subtitles: Italian/German/English/French/Spanishf
A production of BFMI, ZDF/3SAT, THIRTEEN for WNET.ORG
in cooperation with Deutsche Grammophon GmbH

Track List


Gustavo Dudamel

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
La gazza ladra


Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

La Cenerentola

Act 2

Juan Diego Flórez, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel



Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

Act 2

Chabuca Granda
Agustin Lara (1900 - 1970)

Juan Diego Flórez, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

José Pablo Moncayo (1912 - 1958)

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

Maria Grever (1894 - 1951)
Júrame (Todos dicenques...)

Pedro Elias Gutierrez (1870 - 1954)

Juan Diego Flórez, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

Arturo Márquez (1950 - )

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

Gaetano Donizetti (1797 - 1848)
La fille du régiment

Act 1


Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)

Act 3

Juan Diego Flórez, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel


Gustavo Dudamel

Total Playing Time 1:28:14

Dudamel employs a technique that is crystal-clear and extremely communicative. His left hand is independent from the right, and is used to indicate phrase lengths, colors, and dynamic shadings. He hears and reacts to balance issues, and is clearly on top of every moment, while never losing his long view. And he is inside the music and communicating his joy to the musicians, who reflect it back in their playing. As for Juan Diego Flórez, the Peruvian superstar tenor is in fabulous voice and also reflects a great joy in the sheer act of singing . . . the chemistry between Flórez and Dudamel in this gala . . . is very special. The fun they have with the final encore, "La donna e mobile," is something to be treasured . . . I'll admit to enjoying them and feeling that I was somehow a part of a once-in-a-life-time event . . . I know I will be watching it many times in the future.

Zweifellos im Auftritt und Habitus telegen und publikumswirksam einnehmend präsentieren sich die beiden Starmusiker. Spitzbübisch mit scheinbar angeborener Autorität und einer hollywoodreifen Biografie Dudamel einerseits, der brillante Flórez als liebestoller Beau andererseits . . . [Die Musik] besticht vor allem mit technischer Perfektion, ausgefeilten Klängen und lebendigen Rhythmen . . . [Das Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra beeindruckt] in der Ouvertüre zu "La gazza ladra" mit rhythmischer Präzision. Die dezidierte Art, in der der Dirigent das Orchesterinstrumentarium im zweiten Teil des Programms in Szene setzt, weiß zu überzeugen . . . Dudamel spürt den zum Teil recht deftigen Rhythmen präzise nach und zeichnet die Stimmungen durch geschmeidige Phrasierungen und Klangabstufungen. Er findet damit einen eleganten und zugleich lebendigen Ton, ein Balanceakt, der gelingt . . . Ähnlich auch der beeindruckende "Dánzon No. 2", bei dessen Präsentation es Freude bereitet, dem tänzelnden und gestisch scharf akzentuierenden Dirigenten zu folgen . . . [Erfrischend] wirkt da die glasklare und geschmeidige Stimme des Tenors . . .

Réunir Juan Diego Flórez et Gustavo Dudamel en cette soirée d'ouverture de la saison 2010-2011, c'est parier sur du velours. A commencer par celui de la voix de Florez! Les mots sont précis, le timbre séduisant, les aigus de plus en libérés et rayonnants à mesure que la soirée avance . . . Flórez accorde un soin identique, à peine nimbé d'un voile de sentimentalité légère, aux chansons populaires qui parsèment le concert. Son phrasé délié et sa spontanéité y font merveille . . . Une nouvelle fois le prodige vénézuélien force l'admiration sur un point: comme si de rien n'était, il enchaîne tout le concert par cour, bis inclus! Une mémoire prodigieuse, qui a récemment bluffé jusqu'aux vieux briscards du Philharmonique de Vienne . . .

A Celebration of Rossini and Latin-American Music

  • Two Latin-American stars celebrated the Los Angeles Philharmonic's season opening with a Rossini opera & Latin-American gala
  • Gustavo Dudamel was joined on October 7, 2010 at Walt Disney Concert Hall by his close musical friend, acclaimed bel canto tenor Juan Diego Flórez, for the gala opening of his second season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The sparkling program featured Rossini arias and overtures as well as popular songs and dances celebrating the two artists’ Latin American musical heritage
  • “Flórez sang splendidly… his Rossini with Dudamel was all class… Dudamel brought out wonderful instrumental details. The orchestra sparkled.” Los Angeles Times
  • Bonus: The DVD includes interviews with Gustavo Dudamel and Juan Diego Flórez
  • Also available on DG Concerts!
  • The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra's opening concert of the new season conducted by Gustavo Dudamel was broadcasted on 9th October on 3Sat and on 29th December on PBS

A Celebration of Rossini and Latin American Music

For his inaugural gala as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2009, Gustavo Dudamel placed the emphasis firmly on his new orchestra, with the world premiere of City Noir by John Adams and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 1 (released by Deutsche Grammophon on DVD, DG Concerts downloads and as the label’s first full-length eVideo). In this concert, his second season-opening gala, given on October 7, 2010 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, he collaborates with Peruvian singer Juan Diego Flórez – his close musical friend and one of the leading tenors of our time – in a sparkling program of Rossini arias and overtures and popular Latin American songs and dances.

Equally at home in tragedy and comedy, Gioachino Rossini revolutionized Italian opera by creating a vivacious personal style and forms that allowed scope for vocal display without compromising theatrical impetus. Rossini exploited the glories of bel canto – agility, seemingly effortless high notes, sensitively controlled phrasing and sheer vocal beauty – for powerful dramatic effect, as an intensifier of emotion and an expression of character. In “Principe più non sei … Sì, ritrovarla io giuro” (from La Cenerentola, 1817), Rossini portrays Don Ramiro’s passion and determination, after Cinderella leaves him at the ball, with fervent vocal fireworks. The Indian king Idreno has little to do with the main plot line of Semiramide (1823), but “La speranza più soave” projects his joy and ardor when it is finally confirmed that he will marry his princess.

The exigencies of producing works for the stage often forced Rossini to reuse overtures, but he composed original, thematically connected overtures for La gazza ladra (1817) and Semiramide. They have been as widely popular in concert halls as they are admired in the theatre.
With their rhythmic verve and immediacy of expression, 20th-century Latin American songs and dances are not all that far removed from the world of Rossinian opera. Best known as Chabuca Granda, the Peruvian singer-songwriter María Isabel Granda Larco wrote numerous songs in the vals style, and the ardent criollo waltz “La flor de la canela” is like a second national anthem of Peru. This version of the song was arranged for orchestra by Juan Diego Flórez, who wrote songs and played guitar in Lima bars and cafés himself as a teenager.

Mexican songwriter Agustín Lara had a hugely successful radio career, beginning in 1930, which helped disseminate his music around the world. One of several songs by him paying tribute to cities and places in Spain, “Granada” was an early hit, with lyrics that invite flamenco references.
José Pablo Moncayo incorporated three traditional Veracruz huapangos into his own orchestral distillation of that dance. Colorfully orchestrated with an emphasis on instruments typical of the Veracruz style and driven by the distinctive huapango rhythm, Huapango has become an enduring classic.
María Grever was born in Mexico, spent much of her childhood in Spain, studied music in France (with Debussy, among others), and lived most of her adult life in New York after marrying an American oil executive. She wrote hundreds of songs in many styles but is best known for boleros such as the intensely romantic “Júrame.”

The Venezuelan musician Pedro Elías Gutiérrez led a Sousa-style band in Caracas for 43 years and also composed numerous popular dances. He remains best known for “Alma llanera,” an aria in the style of the joropo, from his 1914 zarzuela of the same name.
Mexican-born composer Arturo Márquez has been inspired by vernacular music, composing a series of danzones, a dance of Cuban origin that is very popular in Mexico, particularly in the Veracruz region. His zesty, wildly popular Danzón no. 2 for full orchestra, premiered in Mexico City in 1994, brings this gala program to a thrilling close.

John Henken