Riccardo Muti has pulled out of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s much-heralded tour of China, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Having arrived in Chicago earlier this month with flu and flown back to Italy to recover, he has been found to be suffering with an inguinal hernia, which requires urgent surgical correction.
In a statement issued by the orchestra, Muti said: “I feel very sad, frustrated and upset to leave my wonderful musicians and audiences in Chicago and on this very important tour that I was expecting with great anticipation. I look forward to returning to Chicago in April when we can once again make beautiful music together.”
A substitute conductor has been announced for most of the tour. Read on here.