Riccardo Muti crashes his birthday cake

Riccardo Muti crashes his birthday cake


norman lebrecht

August 02, 2021

The 80th birthday did not go smoothly.

This supposedly celebratory video has just been posted on Youtube.



  • Henry williams says:

    I hope he is okay. The lady should of carried the
    Big cake.

  • Burnham says:

    We had started to wonder when Chailly’s vodoo would finally kick in.

    • Paracelsus says:

      … united with the raw power of Myung-whun Chung’s “Chinese” Ancestral Curse!

      • Concertgebouw79 says:

        Muti has a big talent for hating the best especially when they a very good relationship with La Scala orchestra

    • Concertgebouw79 says:

      I think that Abbado from the heavens did something with his former asistant from la Scala Chailly ahahahaha… Stop jocking I said enough bad things about Muti. Happy bithday I hope is getting well

  • Hans Winkler says:

    A friend of mine said this video is fake. Has its authenticity been confirmed?

    • Franco says:

      This is totally authentic. It happened on July 29. Location: Concert Hall of Naple’s Majella Conservatory. The school had decided to throw Muti a party the day after his birthday.

      However, overnight a ninja agent sent by Lissner from nearby San Carlo treated the pavement with soap.

      • Franco says:

        Correction: it happened on Sat. July 31st; the location above is correct. Just Google pictures for the location and you’ll recognize the Hall.

    • Libor says:

      I believe Hans Winkler is fake!

  • MB says:

    Everyone in the room wearing a mask except him, who obviously does not care about breathing and spitting on his own cake?

    Just like Trump. Actually, worse … take a look: https://youtu.be/2tszIXno2Q8

    • MD says:

      “ Everyone in the room wearing a mask except him”. When your first sentence is such an obvious lie that takes less than a few seconds to verify, what you say from then on is irrelevant

  • CRWang says:

    The Maestro has a great sense of humor. I wonder what he said to the audience afterwards. Hope he is OK.

    Very funny speech:

    • Richard Master says:

      Funny as a kick in the *****

      This is what he said to the audience: “Not to worry, not to worry, I am intact. This was just a stunt. We are rehearsing for THE CARIBBEAN FALL, a new opera commissioned by J.A., to be staged in Chicago in the winter of 2022!”

    • Concertgebouw79 says:

      We haven’t seen that last may at La Scala

  • Gustavo says:

    La torta del destino

  • opilec says:

    Straight out of ‘The Exterminating Angel’!

  • Amos says:

    On behalf of women someone receiving their just deserts!

  • justin says:

    Some very funny comments.

    Nonetheless, falling at 80 could have serious consequences, a cascade of effects leading to a precipitous decline in health from a seemingly innocuous fall for someone much younger.

    I hope he is doing fine.

  • M McAlpine says:

    Worthy of ‘You’ve Been Framed!’

  • Chiara says:

    Happily Muti wasn’t hurt and was able to get up immediately. I don’t understand why he was carrying the cake however; surely someone should have been carrying it for him. He was fortunate not to have been injured though.

  • Aurelia says:

    Poor Riccardo. What a thing. He was lucky not to have been injured.

  • Jason Howard says:

    Shame on the person who released this and shame on this website for sharing it. To this we’ve come. Laughing at an octogenarian taking a nasty fall. Appalling.

    • Chicagorat says:

      Hypothetically speaking, if an octogenarian was known to be mocking colleagues, head of government, donors, board trustees, homosexuals, lesbians, asians, people fighting for women equality; and if he was known to be a completely unethical person; I personally would not find anything written here appaling.


    • Novagerio says:

      Chill Jason, what did you expect from a gossip tabloid directed at vindictive a**holes?…

  • Gustavo says:

    Many flying cakes in Richard Strauss’ “In der Konditorküche”.


  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    ==falling at 80 could have serious consequences, a cascade of effects

    That is a fair point. A fall by the elderly Pierre Boulez was followed by all sorts of health problems – and who knows what might have been from a cascade

  • John Doe says:

    Great story…

  • Alviano says:

    Of course we are sorry he fell, and of course we are happy he didn’t hurt himself, but it is still funny.
    (I was only disappointed he didn’t stand up with cake on his face)

  • When I turned 10 we were on an exotic European vacation with a tour group chartered with my dad’s company.

    One night, they celebrated the birthdays of everyone in the group who had a birthday during the trip. The hotel chef, complete with giant white chef hat, strode out from the kitchen proudly holding an enormous layer cake in front of him.

    Just as he got to the center of the dining hall he slipped!

    And fell, face first, into the magnificent tower, then scrambled back up, his face covered with frosting!

    Everyone gasped.

    Then they brought out the real cake. It was all a joke!

    I hope that’s what Muti was doing, but 80 is a bit old to be doing pratfalls.

  • RW2013 says:

    If you look closely, you will see that she trips him.

  • Mark says:

    During an early season in Chicago, he blacked out, fell off the podium and was rushed to the hospital with a heart condition. At a certain age, any fall is serious. I hope he got medical attention and all is well.

    • Beata says:

      And had a pacemaker fitted after the Chicago fall – though I think that was much more serious. It looks like he was able to get up after this fall and didn’t lose consciousness as in Chicago.

  • fflambeau says:

    He’s 80: this is what happens when you get old. Falls are common and the most common cause of death in old people.

  • Leslie Austin says:

    Riccardo Muti can have his cake and eat it to. To his La Scala enemies Let them eat cake.

  • Nick says:

    Poor guy!!! At 80! Fell, dropped the cake! Amen!

  • Jackson says:

    Maestro Muti’s accident was not funny but this extract from an online paper called “Italy 24 News” is:
    “He went down the stairs with confidence at the foot of the stalls when, probably for a foot a phallus or a slip sudden, falls ruinously on the ground with the whole package of cakes just as those present sing the song “Happy Birthday to You“.”

  • Gustavo says:

    However, Muti’s mostly marvelous.