Riccardo Muti to reprise his debut

Riccardo Muti to reprise his debut


norman lebrecht

October 24, 2020

Press release:

Fifty years have passed since Maestro Riccardo Muti last conducted the Teatro Massimo Orchestra. It was the beginning of his brilliant career when he stepped on the podium of the theatre’s orchestra for two concerts, the second one featuring Maurizio Pollini as soloist. The illustrious conductor will be back on Friday, 4 December, and Saturday, 5 December, at 8:30pm, to present the Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi with the Orchestra and Choir of the Fondazione Teatro Massimo and soloists Joyce El-Khoury, Martina Belli, Saimir Pirgu and bass Riccardo Zanellato.


  • After all those years and the sad and unfair end we know more than 15 years ago… It would be nice to see Muti comes back at la Scala as a guest conductor a little bit like Chung does frenquently for a symphony or an opera to director the teatro orchestra.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Muti has always been a fine conductor of the Manzoni Requiem, but it will be interesting to see if social distancing is employed in the orchestra and chorus, and if it is, how it will impact the quality of the performance.
    If it isn’t, then that’s another problem indeed, given the new surge of The Plague in Italy.

  • fflambeau says:

    Covid permitting? Which I doubt it will.

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    Hopefully he is more interesting as he has aged
    Bored in Chicago.

  • Scamorza says:

    There will be very special headlines about him in the coming months. Stay tuned!

  • papageno says:

    Is this going to be the chamber music Covid version of the Verdi Requiem?
    Hope it’s streamed on youtube.
    I doubt Muti misses Chicago.