LOS ANGELES: Gustavo Dudamel will become music director of the Paris Opera while continuing his commitment to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Paris Opera and the Venezuelan director announced the appointment Friday. "Opera has long played a seminal role in my life -- from sitting in my youth for untold hours at the feet of my Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu and my idols in Milan, Berlin and Vienna, to making this beautiful artform a staple in our programming in Los Angeles -- and I couldn't be more overjoyed to have found, in Paris, my spiritual home for opera," Dudamel wrote. Alexander Neef, general manager of the Paris Opera, described Dudamel as one of the world's most talented and prestigious conductors. "In the course of our numerous exchanges, I realised the extent to which he was the one who could share and transmit his love of opera to the widest possible audience," Neef said in a statement. The appointment begins Aug. 1 and will last for six seasons. "Alongside my continued commitment to the LA Phil and to the beloved musicians of El Sistema in Venezuela and around the world, I want to devote all my energy toward creating extraordinary musical
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says the government is working on transformation of Pakistan's geo-politics to geo-economy policy.
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BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping will take part in US President Joe Biden's climate summit being organised virtually on Thursday and Friday in which several world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will participate. At the invitation of Biden, President Xi will attend and deliver an "important speech" at the Leaders' Summit on Climate on Thursday by video link from Beijing, the Chinese foreign ministry announced on Wednesday. Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including PM Modi, to the two-day conference beginning April 22, which according to a While House statement will underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action. It will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow, the statement said. Chinese experts consider invitation to Xi for the summit as a positive signal for the China-US relationship, facing growing tensions on a number of issues like Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Chinese top leader's attendance was confirmed just a day before the summit, and a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed he will be speaking at the summit, showing that the two countries are willing to take part in global efforts