Paris Opéra founds a junior orchestra

norman lebrecht

September 18, 2023

The French national opera has got together with 11 conservatoires in the region to establish a next-gen orchestra.

It is selecting 150 students aged 12 to 18 and training them in the opera and ballet repertoire. A launch concert is planned for June 24 next year. Alexander Neef, the Opéra boss, calls it an ’emblematic and unique’ venture. Several foundations have piled in to finance it.

Victor Jacob has been named conductor.

Imagine Dudamel walking away from all this.

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