Riccardo Muti has cancelled two future appearances with Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera in light of the ongoing industrial strikes and protests that have been disrupting performances.
According to Italian media, the conductor expressed regret that he will not return to conduct Verdi’s Aida in November or Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro next May with the company – meaning he has effectively left the Opera in Rome.
In a letter he sent to the mayor of Rome and general director of the city opera, Carlo Fuortes, Muti is reported to have written: ‘Unfortunately, despite all my efforts to help your cause, the conditions to guarantee the serenity which I need for the productions to turn out well are not there.’
The conductor’s resignation comes after threats of industrial action almost prevented the opening night of Manon Lescaut from taking place back in February and caused the cancellation of several nights of La bohème in July.
Muti has expressed ‘very great sorrow’ at the decision and said he will now spend his time in Italy working with his own Luigi Cherubini Orchestra for young professionals.
It is not yet clear whether or not he will retain his post as Honorary Conductor for Life at the Opera.