Muti exhibit at La Scala salves old wounds

MILAN (AP) — La Scala offers some salve to old wounds with an exhibit on the contributions of its long-time music director Riccardo Muti, whose 19-year tenure ended abruptly in 2005 amid backstage turmoil.

Curator Lorenzo Arruga said the exhibit is a “gesture of gratitude toward the maestro” as he turns 75.

Muti will preview the show later Sunday, marking his first time visiting the theater since his dramatic departure. His musical return will come next January, conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he is music director.

The exhibit comprises photographs, recordings and videos that show Muti’s influence on the fabled theater.

La Scala spokesman Paolo Besana said the show was requested by general manager Alexandra Pereira and principal conductor Riccardo Chailly “as a moment of reconciliation after many years.”

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