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Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti (Naples, 1941) is an internationally renowned conductor.

He began his training in the Naples Conservatory of Music and later studied with Antonino Votto. Muti quickly distinguished himself as a conductor. He made his debut in 1961 in Florence with the opera I Puritani by Bellini. Soon afterwards, he conducted Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci and I Masnadieri by Verdi and the Meyerbeer opera L’Africaine,and his reputation grew. This early work established Riccardo Muti as an operatic conductor of international standing.

In 1967 he became the first Italian to win the prestigious Guido Cantelli Prize for young conductors. On 5 November of the same year, he conducted a concert at the Real Teatro di San Carlo in his home city for the first time. He would perform there on numerous occasions in the years to come.

Riccardo Muti’s career has not only focused on opera, but also on symphonic music. He has worked at leading music establishments, particularly in Europe, including the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1968–1980), concerts and operas with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1972–1982) and the Philadelphia Orchestra (1980–1992). He has a close relationship with the Teatro alla Scala, Milan (from 1987), where he has played a prominent role in both opera and concerts.

Riccardo Muti has had a special fondness for Barcelona since he appeared at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in the year of the Olympic Games, conducting a vibrant Requiem by Verdi with the orchestra and choir of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Even more importantly, when Barcelona lost the Liceu to a devastating fire, Muti contributed his prestige and artistic ability to help to rebuild it: he performed two concerts with the La Scala orchestra, and showed his affection for the opera house by personally conducting its symphonic orchestra

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