In Paris to conduct the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho's Adriana Mater, Salonen was asked about the possibility of writing an opera himself. He responded, "Actually, I'm working with a dramatist at the moment. We'll see."
Salonen, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, also said that he wanted to cut back on guest conducting in order to spend more time composing. "There are plenty of conductors out there," he said. "But only I can write my music."
He added that conductors in general should focus on "developing local musical life," and said that the international travels of star conductors were driven by "hype."