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Milan, 8 May 2023 – The collaboration between “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy” and Fondazione Prada is renewed. They will present the 2023 and 2025 editions of the project at the Fondazione’s Milan venue: the first one dedicated to Norma by Vincenzo Bellini, while the second one to Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

From 18 to 29 November 2023, the public will be able to experience the entire series of lessons and rehearsals focused on Norma and held by Maestro Riccardo Muti up to his concert. Tickets are available from today on Fondazione Prada’s website.

A new set-up conceived for the Deposito’s premises will host Riccardo Muti who, at the helm of the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, will undertake an educational project addressed to young orchestra conductors and répétiteurs. Selected through an international call by a committee chaired by the Maestro, participants will be between 18 and 35 years old and graduated in Italy or abroad, in Conducting or Piano.

On Saturday, 18 November, the 2023 edition of the Academy will be inaugurated by a lesson concert by Riccardo Muti dedicated to the opera Norma. From 19 to 25 November, it will continue with a series of open rehearsals held by the Maestro at the piano, with the orchestra, the singers and the choir addressed to the young musicians. The project will conclude with two events: on Sunday, 26 November, the final rehearsal of the young conductors presented by Riccardo Muti and on Wednesday, 29 November a concert conducted by the Maestro.

Riccardo Muti’s focus on music education has always been a constant element of his artistic activity. With “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy” he intends to share with young musicians what he learnt from his great masters and to accompany them in the process of interpreting and performing an opera. Moreover, the series of lessons and rehearsals open to the public will give all the occasion to take part in an intense experience of learning in the field of classical music.

As stated by Miuccia Prada, President of Fondazione Prada, “the collaboration with Riccardo Muti and his Academy affirms the centrality of teaching and transferring knowledge between different generations. We are convinced that study is one of the most effective tools for artistic and personal growth. This project is an important educational opportunity, both for the young students who will have the opportunity to work closely with Riccardo Muti and for the public who will be engaged by the Maestro’s generosity and passion and his commitment to spreading and strengthening musical culture.”

As underlined by Riccardo Muti, “I chose Norma by Vincenzo Bellini because I want to highlight this composer’s bel canto which Norma embodies in the most absolute way. This is an extremely complicated opera: it requires peculiar attention to phrasing and the orchestral texture, which are apparently simple but extraordinarily effective in supporting and interweaving with the vocal line. Norma’s sublime and endless melody, which also fascinated Wagner, demands purity and nobility of execution. The conductor’s task is to sublimate the singing without neglecting the orchestral texture. It should not be reduced to mere accompaniment but must intertwine with the voices, which should be given colour and warmth”.

Norma is the eighth of the ten operas by composer Vincenzo Bellini (Catania, 1801 – Puteaux, 1835). It was staged for the first time on 26 December 1831 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Despite its unsuccessful debut, from the following performance the opera won over the audience and established itself as the composer’s greatest masterpiece, synthesizing lyricism and drama in perfect balance. The story told by the libretto by Felice Romani (Genoa,1788 - Moneglia, 1865) has three thematic lines: the motif of the priestess who breaks her vows for love, the theme of infanticide, taken directly from Greek tragedy and the character of Medea, and the Celtic-Barbaric motif that strikes the collective imagination of the 1830s. Composed in the historical period that Lorenzo Arruga defines as one of “cross fading” between Neoclassicism and Romanticism, Norma is an opera whose language is mainly related to songs to which Bellini entrusts the representation of “the nature of man at the mercy of the passions” communicated “by means of harmony.”

Riccardo Muti Music (RMMUSIC) conceived and created “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy” in 2015. Since then, it has managed its organization in Italy and Japan, where the project has been presented since 2019 in collaboration with the Spring Festival in Tokyo.

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DECEMBER 2nd to 15th

at the Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna

From the preparatory stages and rehearsals

to the final performance…

a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the concert

always accompanied by Maestro Riccardo Muti

Tickets available in advance from today at 4 p.m.

From December 2nd to December 15th at the Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna, Maestro RICCARDO MUTI will present and conduct Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, composed in 1874 and dedicated to Alessandro Manzoni.

Accompanied by Riccardo Muti, the audience will have the opportunity to totally immerse themselves in great music and experience all the preparatory stages of the concert up to the final performance.

On December 2nd, the audience will be able to listen to Riccardo Muti’s concert-lesson of the Messa da Requiem, in order to discover anecdotes, information and curiosities about the composition.

From December 3rd to December 11th, the public will be able to attend rehearsals and see live the work behind-the-scenes of a Maestro like Riccardo Muti. During the rehearsal sessions, he will explain the music and his method to approach it, with a simple, direct language that everyone can understand, engaging those participating so that they will be more aware and ready to the listening. In this way the rehearsals become real concert-lessons.

On December 13th young Conductors from the eighth edition of the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy, in Italy, will lead the opera. The Academy is an extremely important project through which Riccardo Muti passes on his experience to new generations of musicians, and more, he helps them face the extraordinary Italian repertoire.

On December 15th, Maestro Riccardo Muti will conduct the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, performing the Messa da Requiem, a work with which he won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance in 2011, thanks to his recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

From 4 p.m. today, Thursday, October 13th, tickets for all scheduled performances at Ravenna’s Teatro Alighieri can be purchased in advance at and and at the usual selling points.


Friday, DECEMBER 2, 2022

Riccardo Muti concert-lesson
Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi
with Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini and singers
Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna
8:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 3 to 11, 2022

Rehearsals by Riccardo Muti at the piano, in orchestra and with singers
on Messa da Requiem
 by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
From December 8, the Chorus will also be in rehearsals
Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna
Morning and afternoon

Full rehearsal schedule HERE.

Please note that on December 10 and 11, only those attending the entire rehearsal period will be able to attend.

Tuesday, DECEMBER 13, 2022

Riccardo Muti presents the final Young Conductors Concert:
Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna
8:30 p.m.

Thursday, DECEMBER 15, 2022

Riccardo Muti conducts Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna
8:30 p.m.

The main aims of the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy are:

– Giving young musicians the opportunity to work with Riccardo Muti and learn lessons coming directly from Verdi’s world through Toscanini and great teachers like Antonino Votto (Riccardo Muti’s Conducting Professor).

– Educating the audience to listening, showing them how an opera is built and prepared during the whole journey from the first rehearsal at the piano and the stage orchestra rehearsals to the final performance, through the deep study of the score from the musical and dramatic point of view.

– Protecting, therefore spreading, the beauty and profoundness of the Italian Opera, according to methods and criteria that are disappearing.

For over forty years, Riccardo Muti has been insisting on the importance of classical music in everyone’s development and human growth. Therefore, Riccardo Muti feels the moral and ethical duty to convey his experience to new generations of musicians (and not only), to help them deal with the extraordinary Italian opera.
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Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo
March 18th to April 1st 2023

“Un ballo in maschera”
by Giuseppe Verdi

Is now open the Call for Applications for Under-35 Conductors for the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy, in the framework of the Sping Festival in Tokyo.
With Tokyo-HARUSAI Festival Orchestra.

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(Ravenna, December 2022)

Photo 1,2  ©Spring Festival in Tokyo/Satoshi Aoyagi – Photo 3 ©Spring Festival in Tokyo/Koji Lida

– AUGUST 2022 –

After being selected by Riccardo Muti for participating in the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in Ravenna 2018, on “Macbeth” , Alvin Ho – now Assistant to Thomas Dausgaard, Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is named first-price winner by “Princess Astrid International Music Competition 2022” – 22nd edition – for Conductor under 35, with the opportunity to collaborate with the Norwegian Orchestra Trondheim Symfoniorkester & Opera.

March 12, 2022 RAVENNA


From 31 October to 6 November 2022, the Autumn Trilogy celebrates its 10th anniversary and in this occasion the protagonists are Mozart and Da Ponte’s masterpieces: The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte.
To conducted Orchestra Giovanli Luigi Cherubini will be respectively Giovanni Conti, Erina Yashima and Tais Conte Renzetti, the young conductors who – after being selected by Riccardo Muti – partecipated in the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy High Training Course.

January 18, 2022

Ongaku no Tomo – 17 best 2021 concerts in Japan
Concerts conducted by Riccardo Muti came first and second

The Japanese magazine Ongaku no Tomo asked 40 music critics and journalists to select 10 titles as best classical music performances in Japan in the period from December 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021.

Each of them could give 2 points for the first place and 1 point from the second place on. Results are in the scheme in the original pages of the article, where we find horizontally the names of journalists and vertically the top 10 titles.

Position Score – Titles

1 28 “- Macbeth” Spring Festival in Tokyo

2 16 – Vienna Philiharmonia conducted by Riccardo Muti

2 16 – “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” New National Theatre

4 11 – Isabel Faust (violin)

4 11 – Alexandre Kantorow (piano)

6 10 – Daniel Baremboim (piano)

6 10 –  “Lulu”  Tokyo Nikikai

8 8 – Ensemble InterContemporain

8 8 – Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

10 7 – Sayaka Shoji (violin) and Vikingur Olafsson (piano)

10 7 – “Love, Hope and Prayer” by Toru Takemitsu

10 7 – NHK Simphony Orchestra conducted by Herbert Blomstedt

10 7 – Evgeny Kissin (piano)

14 6 – Tokyo City Harmonic Orchestra conducted by Taijiro Iimori

14 6 – “Yuzuru”

16 5 – “La Cenerentola”  New National Theatre

16 5 – “La Traviata”  Suntory Hall

Riccardo Muti’s comment:

I am extremely honoured to receive this award from the prestijous magazine ONGAKU NO TOMO for the opera “Macbeth” performed during the 2021Tokyo Spring Festival and I share this honour with the wonderful musicians of the Tokyo Harusai Orchestra and Choir and with the young singers who have taken part to the 2021 Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo.

My best wishes for this new year to the Japanese people!


Ravenna, December 17

Due to health reasons, Maestro will not be able to conductor Orchestra Cherubini in the concerts at Teatro Galli in Rimini and Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna.

Riccardo Muti, following a diagnosis of pneumonia which excluded a Covid-19 infection, has unfortunately  had to renounce his concerts for Sagra Musicale Malatestiana and Ravenna Festival. Nevertheless he transformed them into an occasion for the young conductors he accompanied in the discovery of Verdi’s score – the musicians he has recently guided in the rehearsing journey of the 7th Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy just ended in Fondazione Prada in Milan – to take his place on the podium of “his” Orchestra Cherubini for a selection of pieces from Nabucco in the concerts planned at Teatro Galli in Rimini on Saturday, 18th December and at Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna on Monday, 20th.

Giuseppe Famularo is 30, born in Sicily, where he got Piano Diploma in Palermo, he studied as a conductor in Milan. 25 y.o. Henry Kennedy has recently graduated at the Royal Academy of Music in London and CJ Wu, 35 from Taiwan, devoted herself to violin before studying conducting in Manchester, while it is in Vienna that 23 y.o. Moldovian Cristian Spătaru, who is also a composer, completed his studies: these are the four young conductors who will  alternate on the podium in Rimini and Ravenna.
Next to the Cherubini there will be Coro Cremona Antiqua prepared by Maestro Antonio Greco and a vocal cast including: Serban Vasile as Nabucco, Gabriëlle Mouhlen and Francesca di Sauro respectively as Abigaille and Fenena, Azer Zada (Ismaele), Riccardo Zanellato (Zaccaria), Giacomo Leone (Abdallo), Vittoria Magnarello (Anna) and Andrea Vittorio De Campo (Il Gran Sacerdote di Belo).

Milano, 19 ottobre 2021


from 4 to 15 DECEMBER 2021 – MILAN

Milan, 19 October 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 wide and adaptable 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 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 20 October on Fondazione Prada website.

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.

The collaboration with Riccardo Muti and his Academy allows Fondazione to expand its activities by taking an interest in classical music, after having presented a project that explored electronic music and other music genres between 2018 and 2019. It also represents the opportunity to strengthen a dialogue with young artists engaged in an intense experience of learning and research. Thanks to this initiative, Fondazione Prada aims to develop an even more incisive role towards young generations in the belief that study is one of the most effective tools for artistic and personal growth.

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 make the experience available to an even wider audience, through the media.

TimVision, in collaboration with RMMUSIC, will present the second season of the series “Riccardo Muti Academy” featuring Maestro Riccardo Muti, in spring 2022. It will be available in five episodes exclusively on TIM’s streaming platform.

Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy