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Ruben Blades Joins Gustavo Dudamel For Salsa Opera

on Jul 22, 2012 10:40 AM EDT
Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the Simon Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic during a concert at the Teresa Carreno theater in Caracas Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the Simon Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic during a concert at the Teresa Carreno theater in Caracas (Photo : Reuters)

Panamanian singer-songwriter Ruben Blades is teaming up with Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel to perform his salsa opera "Maestra Vida".

The Sunday's concert will feature the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony and Latin-Caribbean Orchestra, along with more than 140 actors and orchestra members at the former Carlota airport in Caracas, capital of Venezuela. The orchestras will be directed by the 31-year-old conductor.

Blades, 64, said he's living a dream with only the second performance of a work he recorded in 1980 with the Puerto Rican Willie Colon, according to the Associated Press.

The Panamanian salsa musician is widely known for his music in Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz genres. The world-famed young conductor Dudamel is currently music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in California and principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden.

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