|Gael Garcia Bernal conducts the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.|
Interesting evening at the Hollywood Bowl, courtesy of Amazon, producers of the TV series Mozart in the Jungle which stars Gael Garcia Bernal as flamboyant conductor Rodrigo, a character based on the L.A Philharmonic's music director Gustavo Dudamel.
For a scene which opens the next season's episode Bernal took over the conductor's podium from Dudamel and led the Philharmonic in the overture to Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. He looked every inch a real conductor and backstage he confesssed: "I was so nervous but I had listened to the piece many, many times so hopefully it looked as if I knew what I was doing."
|Dudamel and Garcia Bernal|
Its creators have acknowledged that the character is based on Dudamel, who became music director of the L.A. Phil in 2009 to great fanfare and has become an international superstar
.The scene will appear in an episode about Rodrigo guest-conducting the L.A. Phil.
After Bernal took his bows, Dudamel conducted the rest of the concert, an all-Mozart evening that concluded his summer concerts at the Bowl.
Backstage he and Bernal chatted and Dudamel good-naturedly protested :"In real life I am nothing like Roderigo. I live a very quiet, simple life."