Maestros are starting to lose it in lockdownmain
Riccardo Muti has appealed to Italy’s incoming Prime Minister Mario Draghi to reopen the opera houses, despite dangerously high levels of Covid infections and deaths.
Muti, 80 this year, said: ‘I appeal to Draghi, an extraordinary person, so that he can restore the dignity to culture in Italy that it deserves.’
In Dresden, Christian Thielemann is having a very public falling out with intendant Peter Theiler, who cancelled an impossibly large rehearsal for Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. ‘You can’t believe how disappointed I am that an orchestra like the Staatskapelle is not allowed to play and that we haven’t made more efforts to make something possible,’ said Thielemann.