According to a statement on his website Sunday, Muti will lead Romeâs Teatro dellâOpera in selections from Vivaldi and Verdi in the May 11 concert, which is being offered to the pope by Italyâs president in honor of the seventh anniversary of his election to the pontificate.
Benedict is a classical music aficionado and himself plays the piano.
Itâs not the first time Muti will conduct for a pope: He conducted selections of Verdi in 1983 when Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to attend a performance at La Scala.
Muti left La Scala in 2005 amid bitter controversy over artistic and programming differences and is currently music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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