Star conductor Zubin Mehta is celebrating his 85th birthday on Thursday, but he doesn’t want to know anything about retirement. “Age does not matter. Mosul never quits.” In an interview with the Romanian daily La Repubblica (Wednesday edition), Mehta said:
“I had a lump a while ago, but I recovered from it thanks to the wonderful doctors who took care of me in Los Angeles,” Mehta said. He has also recovered from the ischemia he suffered during training at Salome in La Scala, Milan in February.
He will celebrate his birthday on the nineteenth of May in Florence in the form of the “Tosca” concert. “Maggio Musical Fiorentino is my family. The relationship with the orchestra lasted for decades. I have a house in Florence that I love very much. I have good relations with the director of the theater, Alexandre Pereira, and the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella,” said Mehta.
The “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” orchestra and choir will also perform at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2021 under the direction of Mehta. Other concerts are scheduled for Athens and Budapest, followed by a tour of China in October.
Mehta is confident that the culture will resume after the pandemic. “The artists must have confidence in the future (…) The music should be a lively and tangible dialogue with the audience. The music will soon be heard in front of the audience,” says the conductor.