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Muti looks forward to Scala return with Chicago orchestra

Riccardo Muti, who will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert in the Musikverein in 2021, is looking forward to his return to the Scala in Milan. On January 22, he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. “I am returning to Scala with great friends. I conduct the orchestra of my heart in the theater of my heart, ”said Muti, according to the daily Corriere della Sera.

The program includes the overture from Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman”, Paul Hindemith’s Symphony “Mathis the Painter” and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3. In 2005, after almost 20 years as Scala music director, Muti was divorced from the director-general Carlo Fontana. On January 20 and 21, 2017, he had already conducted two concerts of his Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Scala.

“I have spent 20 years of my life at the Scala. I love the Milan crowd, ”said Muti. He has great appreciation for Dominique Meyer, who will be the new Scala director in March. “I have known Meyer for many years. It is important that he continues to pursue the internationalization of the Scala. I wish him the best, ”said Muti.

The star conductor did not rule out extending his contract with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which runs until 2022. “But I would also like to be free. The relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is exceptional, but there are other ways to stay connected, ”said Muti.

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