L.A. Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel’s American opera conducting debut with Bizet’s “Carmen” is among the highlights of the Hollywood Bowl’s summer season.
Dudamel and L.A. Phil’s prexy and CEO Deborah Borda spotlighted classical, rock, jazz and musical theater highlights of the program at a luncheon Friday.
The Bowl’s opening-night ceremony will induct disco diva Donna Summer, pop duo the Carpenters (accepted by Richard Carpenter) and classical pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet into the Bowl’s Hall of Fame.
The “(‘Carmen’) makes me nervous a little bit,” admitted Dudamel, “because it’s not easy to understand; the role of Carmen is so tragic, but she is so beautiful.”
While much of the Bowl’s summer season was announced in late January, a number of acts have been added.
Rock shows include Todd Rundgren, Patti Austin and Brian Stokes Mitchell participating in a pair of evenings devoted to the Beatles in July; the trio bill of Swell Season, She & Him and the Bird and the Bee (July 18) and non-subscription nights featuring indie rockers including Phoenix, Grizzly Bear and Vampire Weekend.
Neil Patrick Harris directs “Rent” with Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) over three nights in August.