Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy, 2020 Ph ©Zani-Casadio ''by courtesy of riccardomutimusic.com
4 Dec – 15 Dec 2021

The seventh edition of “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy”, organized for the first time in collaboration with Fondazione Prada, will take place in Milan from 4 to 15 December 2021. The public will be able to take part to the whole rehearsal process and concerts that will be focused on Nabucco, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti.

The public will be able to attend the piano introduction of the opera with Riccardo Muti on 4 December, the rehearsals that will take place from 5 to 11 December and the final concerts on 14 and 15 December. Riccardo Muti will conduct the first concert and he will present the second one which will be conducted by young conductors. Tickets will be available from September on Fondazione Prada website.

The wide spaces of Deposito within Fondazione Prada’s venue will welcome Riccardo Muti, who will conduct the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini and undertake a training project addressed to young conductors and répétiteurs from all over the world. Among hundreds of applications arrived through an open call valid up to 25 June 2021, participants will be selected by an examining board chaired by Maestro Muti. Candidates are required to have an age between 18 and 35 years and to be graduated in Conducting or Piano, in Italy or abroad. The project consists of rehearsals with singers, readings, orchestra rehearsals and the final performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco as a concert.

The focus on musical education of young generations has always been a key aspect in Muti’s artistic activity. Through the Italian Opera Academy established in 2015, he intends to transfer to young musicians what he learned from great masters, along an ideal line that connects him to Giuseppe Verdi through Arturo Toscanini and his teacher Antonino Votto. Riccardo Muti will work on Nabucco at the piano, from the podium and with the orchestra in close contact with talented young musicians personally selected by him. The secrets of musical construction are passed on from Maestro to the students in a natural symbiosis leading them together to the final goal of interpretation. Some participants of the six previous editions of the Academy have conducted the Orchestra Luigi Cherubini and currently work with some of the most prestigious international orchestras.

Riccardo Muti Music (RMMUSIC) conceived and created the “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy” in 2015. Since then, it has followed the organization in Italy and Japan, where the project has been presented from 2019 in collaboration with the Spring Festival of Tokyo. As in the previous years, RMMUSIC will be engaged in recording the entire process of rehearsals and concerts of the Academy in order to transform it into an audiovisual product with the aim of making the experience available to an even wider audience, through the media.