CSO tips its hand on plans
2010- 11 Draws on projects from Muti’s exile in Austria
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra wasn’t scheduled to reveal its 2010-2011 season — the first under its new music director, Riccardo Muti — until late February. But Carnegie Hall’s announcement Wednesday in New York of its new season forced the CSO’s hand; so the CSO released information on select Muti programs as well.
Reminiscent of some of the blockbuster programming of the CSO’s Solti years, the programs also draw on projects Muti presented during his “exile” in Salzburg, Austria, after his controversial ouster from Milan’s La Scala in 2005.
Muti will launch his subscription week concerts with four performances Sept. 2328 by the CSO and Chicago Symphony Chorus of a Berlioz double bill: “Symphonie fantastique” and its lesser-played sequel, “Lelio.” As he did at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, the French film actor Gerard Depardieu will narrate “Lelio.” Greek tenor Mario Zeffiri, a standout in Muti’s Verdi Requiem last year, will be a soloist.
In the spring, Muti will lead the CSO and the CSO Chorus in three concert performances April 7-12, 2011, of Verdi’s “Otello.” Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, Muti’s lead in his 2008 Salzburg fest production, will sing the title role. Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, a regular at the Metropolitan Opera, is Desde- mona, and Sicilian bass-baritone Nicola Alaimo is Iago.
Muti will take the Berlioz program and “Otello” to Carnegie Hall for three concerts April 15-17, 2011, including a program of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Varese’s “Arcana” and “Rewind,” a work by Anna Clyne, one of the CSO’s new Mead Composers-in-Residence.
The CSO also announced its newly dubbed “Symphony Ball” gala is set for Oct. 2, with a concert including Anne-Sophie Mutter in the Beethoven Violin Concerto, and two Muti staples: Rossini's overture to “William Tell” and Liszt’s “Les Preludes.” Muti’s first monthlong CSO residency also will feature participation in the citywide “Mexico 2010” festival, marking the bicentennial of the Mexican War of Independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution.