Maestro Riccardo Muti

The Great Italian conductor, Riccardo Muti celebrated his 72th Birthday on July 28th.




He is one of the greatest Orchestra and Opera conductors of the world.

Right now he is Conductor and music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Muti graduated from Liceo classico (Classical Lyceum) Vittorio Emanuele II in Naples, then studied piano at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella under Vincenzo Vitale; here Muti was awarded a diploma cum laude.

He was subsequently awarded a diploma in Composition and Conducting by the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi”, Milan, where he studied with the composer Bruno Bettinelli and the conductor Antonino Votto.

Riccardo Muti studied composition with Nino Rota, whom he considers a mentor.

Riccardo Muti’s early career:

Since 1971 he has been a frequent conductor of operas and concerts at the Salzburg Festival, where he is particularly known for his Mozart opera performances.

From 1972 Muti regularly conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and in 1974 he was appointed its principal conductor, succeeding Otto Klemperer.

In 1987 Muti became principal conductor of the Filarmonica della Scala, Milan, with which in 1988 he received the Viotti d’Oro and toured Europe. In 1991, after twelve years as music director, he announced his resignation from the Philadelphia Orchestra, effective at the end of the 1991–1992 season.

Muti has been a regular guest of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic.

In 1996 he conducted the latter during Vienna Festival Week and on tour to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Germany; he most recently toured with the Vienna Philharmonic to Japan in 2008. Muti has also led the orchestra’s globally televised Vienna New Year’s Concert on several occasions: in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004.

Work in opera:

Apart from his work at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, where he was music director for 19 years, Muti has led operatic performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and productions in the principal opera houses of Rome (from 1969), Ravenna, Vienna, London (from 1977), Munich (from 1979), and, finally, in 2010, New York.

His work with the Vienna State Opera has included “Aida” in 1973, “La forza del destino” in 1974, “Norma” in 1977, “Rigoletto” in 1983, “Così fan tutte” in 1996 and 2008, “Don Giovanni” in 1999, and “The Marriage of Figaro” in 2001.

At the Salzburg Festival:

A special relationship connects Muti with the Salzburg Festival, where the conductor debuted in 1971 with Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” (staged by Ladislav Stros).

In the following years Muti has been constantly present at the festival, conducting both numerous concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and opera productions, such as “Così fan tutte” (staged by Michael Hampe) from 1982 to 1985 and from 1990 to 1991, “La clemenza di Tito” (staged by Peter Brenner) in 1988 and 1989, “Don Giovanni” (staged by Michael Hampe) in 1990 and 1991, “La traviata” (staged by Lluis Pasqual, and designed by Luciano Damiani) in 1995, “The Magic Flute” in 2005 (staged by Graham Vick) and 2006 (staged by Pierre Audi, stage designed by Karel Appel), “Otello” (staged by Stephen Langridge) in 2008, “Moise et Pharaon” (staged by Jürgen Flimm) in 2009, and” Orfeo ed Euridice” (staged by Dieter Dorn) in 2010.  Muti also owns a residence close to Salzburg.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra:

On 5 May 2008, Muti was named the next music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), effective with the 2010–2011 season, with an initial contract of 5 years.

Muti is to conduct a minimum of 10 weeks of CSO subscription concerts each season, in addition to domestic and international tours. He made his CSO debut at the Ravinia Festival in 1973.

Muti has been also a regular and popular guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic.

Last year, Riccardo Mutti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave avery special and beautiful concert in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico at the very famous “Festival International Cervantino”.

I absolutely love Riccardo Muti’s recording’s of Verdi’s Operas.  And also Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” with Luciano Pavarotti.

Maestro Riccardo Muti!


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