Venezuelan star conductor Gustavo Dudamel has confirmed media reports that his US tour with Venezuela’s National Youth Orchestra has been cancelled.
Dudamel said the cancellation, which came just days after President Nicols Maduro publicly criticised him, was “heartbreaking”.
In May, the conductor spoke out against the government.
“May God forgive you for letting yourself be fooled,” Mr Maduro replied.
Dudamel, 36, is the music director of both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simn Bolvar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
He gained further fame by becoming the youngest musician to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual new year’s concert in 2017.
‘Listen to the people’
He had stayed silent on the politics of his homeland until the beginning of May, when after a month of anti-government protests, he called on the government “to listen to the people”
As the political crisis in Venezuela worsened, he spoke out again in July, this time in opinion pieces