Ruben Blades Joins Gustavo Dudamel For Salsa Opera
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.