In an interview with Richard Morrison in The Times today the maestro complains that Verdi keeps getting messed around:
‘I won’t tolerate what happened in Salzburg recently. The singer couldn’t sing the aria in the right key, so during the night the poor librarians had to write out all the orchestral parts in a different key just so the singer could put in a high note at the end that the composer hadn’t written anyway. I will not say who the singer was, but it was an immoral act. The public was being fooled.’
Muti says this would never happen with Mozart.
Hmmm…. let’s see…..