The Italian press is full of speculation, based on remarks attributed to one of the maestro’s sons that the proposal ‘has been discussed within family, after a phone conversation between dad and prime minister Renzi’.
Rumours abound that President Giorgio Napolitano (pictured), who is almost 90, will resign before the month is out.
But the idea that a conductor at the height of his powers will give it all up for ceremonial pomp and circumstance is patently absurd.
Muti, we fell sure, will give the same response as Kurt Masur did around 1990 when he was mooted for the German presidency: ‘I’m too busy.’
Of course, if they offered to make him Pope….