Muti "too busy abroad" to lead Rome's Teatro dell'Opera
3 December 2010, Rome, Italy
Riccardo Muti has denied published reports that he is to take up the position of artistic director with Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera.
The reports, which were circulated by the Associated Press, claimed that Muti had signed an agreement with the company after meeting Rome’s Mayor Gianni Alemanno.
Speaking last week at a press conference in Rome, where he is currently conducting Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon, the 69-year-old maestro confirmed that Alemanno had tried to woo him, but said:
"In a world where directors suffer continuously from jet lag, to accept the offer and then fail to commit fully to the job would have been immoral,” adding that he is “too busy abroad” with his responsibilities as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Alemanno echoed this statement in a report by the Italian news agency, Ansa, which quoted him as saying that Muti has only committed to "continue working" with the Teatro dell’Opera.
Muti has not held any full-time positions with opera companies in Italy since his resignation Milan's Teatro alla Scala in 2005, amidst a heated dispute with the company’s heavily unionised staff and musicians.