Now, that’s unexpected.
It appears the maestro had such a good time with the Royal Stockholm Phil at the Nobel prizegiving ceremony that he’s coming back for more. The RSPO’s season announcement contains this confirmation:
Riccardo Muti will perform Verdi’s Macbeth with the RSPO for one of his extremely rare guest engagements. The work will receive two concert performances (15 & 17 May) in company with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, with Luca Salsi taking the title-role, Vittoria Yeo as Lady Macbeth, Francesco Meli as Macduff and Ildar Abdrazakov as Banquo. “We loved working with Maestro Muti for the Nobel Prize Concert in 2013, and we are delighted that he will perform with us again and explore Macbeth with the orchestra,” recalls Stefan Forsberg (RSPO executive and artistic director). “We are very excited to receive him in Stockholm again and are convinced that these performances will become some of the greatest moments in the RSPO history.”
And another offbeat piece of casting:
Renée Fleming joins the RSPO and music director Sakari Oramo on 10 February to perform Anders Hillborg’s The Strand Settings, a substantial song-cycle to verse by the Canadian-born American poet Mark Strand.