May 7, 2012 |
Pope Benedict XVI has long been a classical music fan and in the next few weeks, he will take time out from his schedule to attend two classical concerts. Riccardo Muti is set to lead a concert at the Vatican this week for the pope in honor of the seventh anniversary of the pontiff's election. The Italian conductor is expected to lead Rome's Teatro dell'Opera on Friday, with music by Vivaldi and Verdi. Muti's website states that the concert will be broadcast live on the Italian television channel RAI 5. Pope Benedict XVI will attend another classical concert on June 1 at La Scala opera house in Milan.
February 12, 2012 |
Reporting from Chicago — Later this week, when music director Riccardo Muti brings his Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Orange County for the first time in 25 years, it won't be to show off. The CSO doesn't have to. The fabled 121-year-old ensemble long ago earned itself a lofty niche among the world's elite bands. Nor does the charismatic, much-honored Neapolitan maestro have anything to prove personally. His vaunted career, which includes the directorships of the La Scala opera in Milan, the Philadelphia Orchestra and London's Philharmonia Orchestra, speaks for itself.
May 6, 2008 |
Ending months of rumors, Riccardo Muti, former music director of Milan's La Scala opera, has been named music director of the Chicago Symphony, the orchestra announced Monday. The post has been vacant since Daniel Barenboim retired in 2006. Muti's five-year Chicago contract, beginning in September 2010, will entail a minimum of 10 weeks of subscription concerts each season, in addition to national and international tours. --
April 21, 2005 |
In the wake of an Italian newspaper report that Riccardo Muti was considering "an offer" from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony has sought to clarify that it did not offer him the job of music director, which will be open next year after Daniel Barenboim departs. Instead, says Deborah R. Card, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Assn., the orchestra has invited Muti to appear as a guest conductor. "We have very much wanted him to return to Chicago.
April 16, 2005 |
Maestro Riccardo Muti let the music do the talking at his Thursday night performance with the New York Philharmonic, his first gig since resigning April 2 from La Scala, the Milan opera house where he became embroiled in a battle with the musicians and other theater workers. In the days before the Philharmonic concert, Muti's representatives said the maestro would not grant interviews.
April 4, 2005 |
Riccardo Muti, citing continued hostility by La Scala employees, has stepped down as musical director of the opera house, ending a 19-year tenure and pitching the institution into more turmoil. There was no immediate word on a possible successor at the Milan theater, which launched the career of Giuseppe Verdi and is a source of national pride in Italy. The behind-the-curtains drama started weeks ago, soon after La Scala reopened in December following an extensive renovation.