Riccardo Muti leads return of classical music

Riccardo Muti will lead Italy’s first public post-lockdown concert. On 21 June the Italian maestro takes to the stage with the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra for the opening concert of the Ravenna Festival.

Taking place in the open air at the Rocca Brancaleone fortress, the concert features a 60-piece orchestra who will be spaced according to social distancing guidelines. 250 people will attend, wearing masks and entering via a staggered access system.

As for the programme itself, Muti will conduct Alexander Scriabin’s Rêverie Op 24, as well as three works by Mozart: Exultate, jubilate motet in F major; Et incarnatus est from the Mass in C minor; and Symphony No 41 in C major.

The Ravenna Festival runs from 21 June to 30 July. Further details of the programme – which has been rejigged to accommodate COVID-19 ­travels bans and other issues – will be released in early June.