Riccardo Muti thinks about how an afterlife meeting with Giuseppe Verdi would go after spending decades fighting to perform the works of Italy’s greatest composer exactly as written. “My questions to Verdi would be if I did right,” the 76-year-old conductor said. “And if he says that I was wrong, then I will die for a second time.” During a career...

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra marked their 350th concert together, with a performance in Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center Wednesday night at the onset of their East Coast winter tour. With dignitaries in the audience including the Italian ambassador to the U.S. Armando Varricchio, it was a celebratory affair capped by the single...

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has extended its contract with renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti as its music director through the 2022 season. The orchestra made the announcement Tuesday. It says Muti's current contract goes through 2020 and the new contract will extend through August 2022. Muti said in a statement that he has "deep respect...

Riccardo Muti has been a shining if somewhat elusive presence locally since his most recent appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in late September. But the maestro has certainly been on the move closer to home. Last month he and the CSO whooshed through Kansas City, Mo., and six California cities, on the first of two domestic tours they...

“Describe the Chicago Symphony’s sound.” It was an innocent enough request, but it carried a hidden inference, and Riccardo Muti pounced on it like a cat bagging an unsuspecting sparrow. “Of course, at one time it was renowned for its famous brass, but that comment seems to neglect the rest of the orchestra,” said the symphony’s 76-year-old music d...

Protetta dietro ai silenzi bizantini di Ravenna, al terzo anno di attività e incentrata sull’Aida di Verdi, l’Italian Opera Academy di Riccardo Muti si presenta con un duplice profilo: da un lato, è luogo eletto di alta formazione per i giovani direttori d’orchestra di domani, dall’altro è un progetto-pilota, interamente sostenuto dal mecenatismo p...

During the Italian Renaissance, patronage of the musical arts was a point of pride for countless aristocratic families. As Italian Americans in the Windy City, we have a proud legacy to uphold, and there is no worthier recipient of our patronage than Maestro Riccardo Muti. As Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2010, he has burni...

Riccardo Muti will launch the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's planned celebration of the bicentennial of composer Giuseppe Verdi's birth by leading a special October performance of his "Requiem" that will be streamed live online, the Italian conductor announced Wednesday. The orchestra plans to mark the Verdi anniversary with several performances of...

September 19, 2013 - Chicago Symphony Center - Concert starts at 8.00pm Music Director Riccardo Muti leads Giuseppe Verdi's powerful ballet from Macbeth in honor of the opera composer's bicentennial and rounds the concert off with the sunniest of Brahms's symphonies, which opens with horns rising like the dawn over brooding lower st...

by Patrick Neas When music is led by a great conductor like Arturo Toscanini, Wilhelm Furtwängler or Herbert von Karajan, it is charged with an electricity missing from performances led by lesser talents. Riccardo Muti belongs in that pantheon of great conductors.   In a Muti performance, whether live, on radio or on a recording, one i...