The Verdi Collection: Warner Classics celebrates Riccardo Muti's 75th birthday
The greatest living interpreter of Verdi’s music, lauded by critics and audiences all over the world, Maestro Riccardo Muti celebrates his 75th birthday on 28 July, 2016. Warner Classics marks the occasion with The Verdi Collection, a 28-CD + DVD boxed set bringing together for the first time Muti’s milestone recordings of 11 complete operas, the Requiem and the Four Sacred Pieces.
His extraordinary Verdi legacy is also explored in detail in the boxed set’s DVD documentary Riccardo Muti conducts Giuseppe Verdi, in which Maestro Muti himself takes viewers behind the scenes in rehearsals and on to thrilling concert performances, on his personal journey through the passion and drama expressed in music by the Italian greatest opera composer.
Drawn from the EMI catalogues (now part of Warner Classics) and spanning more than 20 years of collaboration between Muti and the label, each recording in The Verdi Collection is a benchmark interpretation, featuring opera legends Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo,José Carreras, Mirella Freni, Montserrat Caballé and Renata Scotto at the height of their powers.
No composer is closer than Verdi to Muti’s heart, and the conductor’s dedication and integrity have led The New York Times to declare him “the king of Verdi conductors…For more than 40 years; the one who most makes you feel you are hearing the composer’s operas for the very first time”.
Riccardo Muti will spend his 75th birthday, 28 July 2016, working with young conductors, répétiteurs and singers at the second edition of the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy, which he founded last year in Ravenna.