Just casually bashing out a Chopin waltz like it’s nothing…
Riccardo Muti is an Italian conductor and music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Life and Music
- In 1986 Muti was appointed as music director at La Scala, Milan. For Italians, this was an epic event.
- Legend had it that a Neapolitan-born southerner could never attain the Himalayan peak of music-making in the all-powerful north - a supposed prejudice that Muti proudly confounded.
- By then, however, he had already established himself as a major force as the music director of the New Philharmonia Orchestra. His recording of Aida, made with them when he was still only in his early 30s, remains a true classic.
- In 2008 Muti was named music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Did you know?
Muti’s repertory is rather less wide than some, with much emphasis on opera, especially Mozart, Verdi and Rossini.
"Va pensiero" in Palazzo Montecitorio
The conductor says he's quit as honorary music director of the Rome Opera "with great sorrow" after six years.
Find out more about Verdi's Nabucco. Watch and listen to different recordings and download your favourite.
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