The Paris Opera has announced that Gustavo Dudamel will resign from his post as music director at the end of the current season. Originally appointed in 2021 for a period of six seasons, the conductor's resignation comes four years ahead of schedule.
Dudamel said in a statement, "It is with a heavy heart, and after careful consideration, that I announce my resignation from the position of musical director of the Paris Opera in order to spend more time with my family."
It has not yet been announced how Dudamel's resignation from the position of musical director will impact the new productions of Lohengrin and The Exterminating Angel which he had been scheduled to lead in the 2023-24 season.
Alexander Neef, General Director of the Paris Opera, stated "I would like to thank Gustavo Dudamel whose passion and immense talent have brought a lot to the repertoire of our house. He was able to forge a special relationship with the musicians of the Orchestra, the artists of the Choirs, the singers and the artistic teams, a relationship imbued with mutual respect and the desire to put on the most beautiful shows together."
Currently leader of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel is scheduled to leave that post at the end of the 2025-26 season, before joining the New York Philharmonic beginning in the 2026-27 season.