Riccardo Muti

Conductor Riccardo Muti, 79, has appealed to the Italian government to reconsider its decision to close theatres, cinemas and concert halls because of the Corona pandemic. In a letter to Prime Minister Conte published in the newspaper Corriere della Sera on Monday, Muti wrote that society needs « intellectual nourishment » from music and theatre, otherwise it will become « ugly ».

Muti stressed that music and theatre performances were not « superfluous », as government officials had said. Such an assertion meant « ignorance, lack of culture and lack of sensitivity ».

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