Muti Speaks, World Awaits Decision

Riccardo Muti, considering an invitation to become music director of Opera di Roma, tells the Italian press:

"If I choose a theater, it's a commitment... I am grateful... I am considering the offer with enthusiasm... I've been doing this job for 40 years and I've always considered every offer at length... It happened with la Scala, with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Philadelphia and Chicago, because those are life-changing choices."

He hasn't even taken the job and already this drama has a long history, which is artfully relayed by Opera Chic - our favorite opera tracker, and only partly because she alone seems able to capture photographs (such as this one) that reveal something truly important about their subjects.