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May 7, 2008

'When I left La Scala, I thought it was time for me to be absolutely free, like the birds in the air'

Riccardo Muti (above, conducting the Nabucco Overture), quoted in Daniel J. Wakin's story in yesterday's New York Times about Muti's just-announced agreement to become music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2010.

Many of the world's greatest orchestras have tried — and failed — to entice Muti since he quit his post as music director of the Teatro Della Scala in Milan in 2005 in what Wakin termed "... an operatic kerfuffle."

Continued Muti, "Birds go around and they enjoy their happiness, their freedom. But sometimes it can happen they find a tree and they like to stop on a tree, and they didn't know about the tree before. It doesn't mean one tree is better than another tree. It just happens at the right moment in life."

"Now, Mr. Muti said, "I have found a situation, how can I say, that has made more sweet my dry heart."

May 7, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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He wants back what he had with the Filarmonica de Viena. That was a well-oiled machine. Kind of like that car you featured above. What is up with all this bird allegory? Obviously brilliant conductor but somewhat of a verbal cuckoo. On another note, they listen to Muti in slums?

Posted by: Milena | May 8, 2008 2:51:22 PM

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