Christian Vásquez returns to the Opéra National de Paris to assist Gustavo Dudamel in the rehearsals and performances of Tristan and Isolde that are taking place during the months of December, January and February, and will return again in April this year to conduct various ballet performances. Meanwhile he also appeared last week with the Orchestre Pasdeloup at the Philharmonie de Paris with which he got extraordinary reviews and immediately received two new invitations to return again in April this season as well as at the beginning of the next season.

The Orchestre Pasdeloup is the oldest active French orchestra. After finishing his musical studies, Jules Pasdeloup founded the Society of Young Artists in 1852, which recruited its musicians from among the students of the Conservatoire and offered its concerts at the Salle Herz. Encouraged by the results, Jules Pasdeloup created a new orchestra consisting on the best musicians and started to offer the “Concerts Populaires” on October 27, 1861 at the Cirque Napoléon on boulevard des Filles-du-Calvaire, intended for an audience hitherto excluded from musical evenings, and whose success was immediate and considerable. By founding the “Popular Concerts”, Jules Pasdeloup gave birth to a new concert form that quickly experienced many variations throughout France and also abroad. The “People’s Concert” became a true institution that played a decisive role in creating new audiences by introducing the German repertoire but also exerting a positive influence on French symphonic production.

Christian Vásquez at the Opéra de Paris and the Pasdeloup Orchestra

After this long period in Paris and before returning to the Opéra de Paris to conduct the orchestra in performances of the dance company, Christian will lead the Baltic Philharmonic in Poland together with the violinist Robert Lakatoš and will spend several weeks in Venezuela working with EL SISTEMA orchestras, especially the Juan José Landaeta Orchestra, of which he is musical director. After that second period at the Opéra de Paris, Christian will return to Latin America as he will visit Colombia and Mexico before finishing off the season in Switzerland.