Italian conductor Riccardo Muti has been awarded the Birgit Nilsson Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm. He received the prize from the Swedish King Carl Gustav. The prize was awarded for outstanding contributions to opera and for influence on world music.
Riccardo Muti said: “I don’t have secrets. I think that I made my career – I don’t like the word career but my international activity – by following the instructions of Giussepe Verdi. When Verdi was asked his secret he said, “my secret consists of three words: laboro, laboro, laboro”. That means work, work, work.”
Currently the Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti has conducted most of the famous orchestras in the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Vienna Philharmonic. He says however, that he’s still always nervous when he takes to the stage.
Riccardo Muti’s recording activities span the classical symphonic and operatic repertoires to contemporary works and have received recognition in the form of many prizes including Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts this year.
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