Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti Rejects Revisionist Opera

Maestro Riccardo Muti is sticking to the original text of “Un Ballo in Maschera.”. In a recent interview with the Associated Press in anticipation of his performances of the Verdi opera, the conductor commented on a racially charged text in the original score which states, “dell’immondo sangue de’ negri (“she has filthy Black blood).”
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Riccardo Muti refuses to change Verdi’s racial line

The Chicago conductor has been explaining to his orchestra why he stands by a line from the original edition of Un Ballo in Maschera which some now find unacceptable. The line is ‘dell’immondo sangue de’ negri (she has Black blood)’. Muti says Verdi intended it to underline a character’s intolerance.
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Riccardo Muti is cleared to resume concerts at CSO

Conductor Riccardo Muti has been cleared to resume concerts at the CSO, according to an announcement Monday from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. “After two consecutive days of negative COVID-19 test results over the weekend, Music Director Riccardo Muti resumed rehearsals for Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera on Sunday,” a spokesperson for the CSOA said in the announcement. “He tested ...
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Riccardo Muti takes off

From photographer Todd Rosenberg’s best of the season at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Great angle for the photographer.
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Riccardo Muti sends a second message to Putin

The Chicago Symphony conductor used his podium to reinforce his condemnation of the Ukraine invasion in a direct message to Vladimir Putin. ‘Send back your bloody tanks, and give back freedom, dignity and integrity to the glorious people of Ukraine,’ is his message.
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Riccardo Muti: Covid has destroyed the certainty of spirituality

The Chicago Symphony maestro has issued one of his cryptic epithets in a Zoom interview with the Financial Times:. “Covid has destroyed the economy in many countries but it has also destroyed the certainty of spirituality,” he says. “It has destroyed the confidence of one person in another.”

Riccardo Muti: Reflections in Music and Conversation (Part 2)

Maestro Muti joins WFMT general manager George Preston to discuss his beginnings in music and his early relationship with Nino Rota; the music of Sergei Prokofiev (specifically Romeo and Juliet); identifiable national sounds of orchestras; and the need to continue presenting new music. Part 1 of this conversation aired at...

Riccardo Muti: Reflections in Music and Conversation (Part 1)

Maestro Muti joins WFMT general manager George Preston to discuss his relationship with the CSO; how orchestras and conductors have changed over the decades; presenting opera in concert form; and the importance of returning to live performance after the pandemic. Part 2 of this conversation airs at 7:00 pm on...
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Riccardo Muti mourns Chicago’s glorious horn

The family of Dale Clevenger have issued this notice:. Michael Dale Clevenger, renowned french horn player, husband, father, grandfather, teacher, friend, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 5th from complications of Waldenstrom’s disease. His life’s great work was playing principal horn with the Chicago Symphony from 1966-2013 where he performed with risk, precision, expression, sensitivity, and a contagious enthusiasm – all of which moved his listeners and students to think of music as a living, breathing, and richly human activity. He is survived by his wife, Giovanna, his four children, Michael, Ami, Mac, and Jesse, and his two granddaughters, Cameron and Leia. His late wife and stand partner of 25 years, Alice, passed away in 2011. To those who wish to express sympathy, please consider directing donations to the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by calling 312-294-3100 or visiting Dale will be honored at Christ Church in Winnetka, IL sometime in the late spring.
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Just in: Riccardo Muti has pneumonia

Riccardo Muti, 80, has handed over the rest of his Nabucco run in Rimini and Ravenna to students of his Academy. His condition is not Covid-19. We wish him a speedy recovery. For health reasons, the Maestro will not conduct the Cherubini Orchestra in the concerts at Teatro Galli in Rimini and at Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna.

Fondazione Prada Hosts ‘Nabucco’ Performance Conducted by Riccardo Muti

Click here to read the full article. PRADA’S NIGHT OUT: Riccardo Muti’s excellence and artistry were celebrated on Tuesday night at Fondazione Prada in Milan with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Nabucco.” Fondazione Prada this year hosted for the first time the “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy” from Dec. 4 to 15, a project that aims to train five young conductors and five répétiteurs, or tutors of ballet dancers and musicians, especially opera singers from different cultural backgrounds. Fondazione Prada throughout the course of the academy closely collaborated with the Italian conductor.More from WWDBlumarine X Hello Kitty Capsule CollectionAbse-èl RTW...
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Riccardo Muti: In our anthem, every note is filled with pain

Crowds turned out in southern Milano to watch the veteran maestro rehearse Nabucco, while La Scala prepares its opening Macbeth. Corriere’s reporter has a verbatim report of the rehearsal here. Two injunctions caught our eye. One is Muti berating a singer: ‘No excuses, pronounce, follow me…. You already sang Nabucco?...

‘I was thinking about my musicians here.’ Riccardo Muti reflects on his time away from Chicago as CSO announces next season

Symphony orchestra seasons can be slow-moving vessels. Artist lineups and programming are often arranged years in advance, with the season itself announced months before the previous has even ended. But unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra opened its season last month with concerts filled out only through the end of the year. Based on plans ...

Music Director Riccardo Muti Reunites With Chicago Symphony Orchestra

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra held a captivating performance at Symphony Center Thursday night. It was the second show of the 2021-2022 season. Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Ludwig von Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 were on the program. Last week, the CSO was reunited with its famed music...

How Do Riccardo Muti and Other “Ageless” Conductors Defy the Odds?

At age 80, Riccardo Muti has just extended his contract to lead the Chicago Symphony through the 2022–2023 season, still earning an estimated $3.5 million there annually. More about that later, but in what other profession do octogenarians maintain such high-level employment?. Orchestra conductors appear to live longer than people...

Riccardo Muti Received Great Gold Medal of Honor at Salzburg Festival

Riccardo Muti has received the Great Gold Medal of Honor for services to the Austrian Republic. The 80-year-old conductor received the medal following a concert performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis on August 16 with the Wiener Philharmoniker. Muti has conducted 270 times at the festival, more than any other conductor...
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Riccardo Muti: I don’t recognise my job any more

From a pre-80th birthday interview with the Corriere:. Unfortunately not. Conducting has become a convenience profession. Often youngsters lead without long and serious studies. They deal with monumental works at the beginning of their activity, based on the efficiency of the gesture, sometimes of gesticulation. Gesticulation?. Toscanini used to say...