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'Mozart in the Jungle': Is 'Rodrigo' a parody of Gustavo Dudamel?
'Mozart in the Jungle': Is 'Rodrigo' a parody of Gustavo Dudamel?

In Amazon's recently released pilot episode of "Mozart in the Jungle," a young, curly-haired Latin conductor named Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) is lauded as classical music's next big thing, a maestro so talented and charismatic that he is eagerly sought after by major orchestras around the world. Sound like someone we know? "Mozart in the Jungle" is a satirical, behind-the-scenes look at a fictional American orchestra. But the magnetic Rodrigo doesn't feel fictional at all. In fact, he's a dead ringer for Gustavo Dudamel, the youthful Venezuelan conductor who is the current music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The similarities between...

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