The Vienna Philharmonic are making him an honorary member after Muti announced he’d never conduct another opera in Salzburg. Apparently. Actually, he confided his plans a couple of months back to Andrew Patner in Chicago.
Slipped Disc does not like to fall behind the story. So we’ve been shopping hard and this is what we’re putting beside the birthday cake:
1 The earlobes of the last two producers to cancel his record contracts (they freely donated the lobes in preference to other parts).
2 A leather-bound copy of Il Mito del Maestro.
3 Wiped VHS copy of The Philadelphia Story (he won’t want to remember that place).
4 Framed photograph of Chicago in winter:
5 And a really nice Hallmark card signed ‘tanti auguri, Claudio.’
Tanti auguri, Maestro! One of the few at your exalted level who have kept a sense of perspective and humour.