Riccardo Muti is an Italian conductor of both opera and the symphonic repertory. He became one of the most respected and charismatic conductors of his generation. A music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, receives another honor this week: He's the subject of a commemorative stamp issued by the Japanese postal service to mark the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Italian diplomatic relations.
StampNews.com invites our readers to appreciate the original design of this stamps issue.
Coincidently, Muti was in Japan to conduct his Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra for two performances March 16-17 as part of the Tokyo Spring Festival. The new stamp, which depicts Muti at the podium commemorates the joint signing of a treaty in 1866. "It is my honor to celebrate this anniversary by opening the Tokyo Spring Festival with concerts by an orchestra and chorus of young Japanese and young Italian musicians", Muti said.
The Muti stamp is part of a sheet that also features stamps honoring Italian composers Giuseppe Verdi and Arrigo Boito. The Japanese stamps mark the second postal-themed honor for Muti.
In 2004, Austrian officials issued a stamp celebrating Muti's artistic legacy, including his many guest performances with the Vienna Philharmonic and at the annual Salzburg Festival.