Riccardo Muti’s next move

Riccardo Muti’s next move


norman lebrecht

July 28, 2023

The maestro is 82 today and the Italian press is buzzing.

Apparently the first priority of Carlo Fuortes, the new Sovrintendente in San Carlo, is to bring Muti to Naples as music director. The pair have history together at RomeOpera.

A last job for Muti in the city where he went to school would strike just the sentimental note.

The Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, has already announced: ‘We will invite him to return to the San Carlo.’


  • Gustavo says:

    I can already see them errecting a mausoleum for him.

    In gold in the shape of a gigantic baton.

    • The Fun is Still Over says:

      Muti and erection, two words I would rather keep separate.

    • Innominato 32 says:

      A musician I know got pics of Muti’s baton, she wasn’t impressed …

      • steve says:

        what an absolutely ludicrous comment

        • Innominato 32 says:

          Your repetitive, acritical position of paladin of Muti begs the question about your intentions.

          Either you don’t know Muti well, in which case you have no business in commenting. Or you know him really well, in which case you should not be feigning outrage.

          Haven’t Bezos’ antics taught you anything?

          • steve says:

            LMFAO…actually you’re the one who doesn’t know him well…so why not take your own advice and stop with these stupid, ridiculously untrue comments.

  • George Lobley says:

    He should retire gracefully

  • Player says:

    Wow. They would be lucky to have him.

  • Nick says:

    It’s amazing how much press Muti gets.

  • Ari Bocian says:

    Why not? Pierre Monteux was still conducting at age 89.

  • Neil Yates says:

    I heard Maestro Muti conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra many years ago in a performance of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. It was splendid beyond compare! After hearing that in live performance it is hard to listen to any other.

  • MMcGrath says:

    Love the picture from Salzburg. Reminds me of my countless bike trips along the Salzach in summer, across the fields in Anif. Bicycling by day, Festspiele by night.

  • zayin says:

    Minister of Culture: Maestro Muti, would you be the music director of San Carlo?

    Muti: Only if I am named “Music Director for Life, and Thereafter, Until the End of Time, and After That Too”

  • Robert Holmén says:

    Someone tell him to keep both hands on the handlebars.

  • Chicagorat says:

    Always punctual and anticipatory on Mutian matters, I had already said that this would be the case on May 7, 2023 (see post on “Nationalist Italy”).

    Naples is a beautiful city, as shown here: https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/the-garbage-of-naples-how-the-mafia-helped-send-italy-s-trash-to-germany-a-681469.html

    I’d like to reiterate: The Italian Stallion and Naples deserve each other. The sooner he goes and sets up his circus there, the merrier we will all be.

    We suspect that Vittorio Sgarbi, Undersecretary of Culture i.e., the same man who proposed Muti for the Italian Presidency (https://www.liberoquotidiano.it/news/sfoglio/11729317/Vittorio-Sgarbi-e-Riccardo-Muti-al.html), had a key role to play in getting rid of Lissner. Sgarbi, a buddy of Muti, was criticized and even asked to resign by the Italian press recently for talking about p*****ies in a public interview on the stage of the Maxxi Museum in Rome.


    Like I said, he and Muti get along and are like minded individuals. With Muti and Sgarbi joining forces, the right-wing-driven Italian culture is headed towards another Renaissance.

    • Ruggero says:

      Sgarbi did not talk about p****ies in the sense of cowards, he objectified attractive women and put them in a group labeled “f**a” the vulgar italian word for female genitalia. His connection with Muti is known and he also said he wants Muti back at La Scala.

  • Player says:

    It is high time the bitchy old queens here took their jealousy about Riccardo and his talents elsewhere. Basta!

  • Ms.Melody says:

    So many hateful, ridiculous comments about an 82 year old conductor. He is still alive, working, had a stellar career and is still wanted. Hard as it is to swallow, it is a fact. Live with it.

  • TR says:

    To lighten up our Sunday, let’s all re-watch the cake-bearing Muti at his 80th bday: