Riccardo Muti has taken issue with the British director Graham Vick’s plan to put amateurs – audience members – among the chorus on stage in his forthcoming Parma production of Verdi’s Stiffelio.
Parma is sacrosanct to Verdians. It is the capital of the composer’s home region.
Muti, on being told of protests in Parma, said: ‘Incredible: which conductor would accept such a thing?’
The pair have Verdi history. Muti and Vick worked together at La Scala on Macbeth and Otello befoe falling out at Salzburg in 2005 over Mozart’s Magic Flute.