Dagospia was covering -- via Umberto Pizzi's merciless, Arbus-like lens -- Opera di Roma's March 17 la prima of Gluck's Iphigénie en Aulide (with Riccardo Muti m.c.'ing the festivities) in their trademark, unflattering paparazzi force.
We wanted to share an article in "A" magazine featuring Riccardo Muti's only daughter, Chiara Muti, where she spoke about her recent July 2008 marriage to pianist David Fray [the magazine misspelled his last name as "Frey"], how she fell in love with him, and the small intricacies of their new life together.
Before they had met, Chiara left Italy for a new life in Paris, so that she could immerse herself in a different environment. After four months of single life and overcoming her fear of being alone, she traveled with her dad to Perugia where Muti was on tour with her future husband, Fray. She recalled that when she first heard him play the piano, she thought of Glenn Gould. They met again shortly after in Paris, and it was true love.
Now they live in Paris together (with two dogs) in a house in Montmartre, where David has a floor to himself to study and to practice. They lead a very quiet social life, sharing dinner parties with friends, and going to the cinema & theater, and despite the roughly eight years of age difference, there are no problems. They speak to each other in a mix of Italian and French as they are both still learning their new languages.
Since marrying, Chiara has overcome her fear of flying and follows her husband everywhere, saying she can't bear to be away from him for more than 2 days. They think about possibly performing together (she as an orator and him on piano) but it's still up in the air. She insists she's a huge goof and David's good humor is infectious.
In the group photo below, a traditional hit with the Opera Chic readership: the impossible hawtness of the Muti spawn, architect Francesco and soccer-playing, adorably scruffy Domenico, lucky winners of the DNA lottery -- those Muti jawlines, those cheekbones! -- thanks to mamma Cristina & papà Riccardo.
The November 3 io Donna (il feminile del Corriere della Sera) has a photo spread with the young, mainly Italian, semi-notables that flocked to the Cinema Rome Film Fest from October 18-27, 2007.
The American contingent showed-up as well to make things a bit cooler, with glimpses of Sean Penn, Tom Cruise, and Halle Berry (wearing my very same Calypso hand-loomed cashmere cardigan that has become an OC wardrobe staple on the red carpet!), and our favorite puppeteer, Julie Taymor.
Among the Italian glamour, the 34-years-old daughter of Maestro Riccardo Muti, Chiara, showed-up in a forest green Alberta Ferretti empire-waist dress and black satin pumps [pictured above, left, and below, 4th from left]. Too bad her bangin brothers, Francesco and Domenico, didn’t make a photo op.
(Chiara Muti, daughter of Maestro Muti, wearing green silk Alberta Ferretti, fourth from left.)
Due to massive and insistent reader request after Opera Chic's first Muti family-hawtness pawst, here's more images of the Riccardo Muti / Cristina Mazzavillani Muti offspring, daughter Chiara (an actress), and sons Domenico and Francesco.
Here's a magazine photo of Francesco, Chiara and il Maestro @ la Scala:
This is another photo of Francesco:
Here's Chiara, from her website, showing off her impressive cheekbones and the trademark Muti jawline in a Bailey black and white portrait, and a bit of cleavage in a Ferri shot.
This past weekend OC found a gem in La Stampa that almost made her spit out a fresh, creamy bite of burrata (bella fresca) onto her lap (which would have been tragic...wearing a Nanette Lepore floral sundress). I turned to an article discussing one of Riccardo "how do i make internets?" Muti's very h0tt offspring with wife Cristina Mazzavillani: actress, film star, singer (maybe: read below) and model Chiara "I never gave my dad an iPod for xmas" Muti (in photo above).
The events that spark the article is a coincidental double-date between Italian director Ruggero Cappuccio, who has a current choke-hold on the Muti clan for this Friday, May 25. The stellar date will witness the launch and re-release of two double-coincidental projects for both maestro and daughter that are produced from collaboration with Cappuccio. Another coincidence is that both projects celebrate Naples...but that just gives us yawnz0rz.
The first of Ruggero’s appointments is with Riccardo Muti and the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini at Salzburg’s Haus fur Mozart. Friday marks la prima for a brand new staging of Domenico Cimarosa's Il Ritorno Di Don Calandrino by (obvs) Ruggero Cappuccio with Muti on the podium. The production was commissioned for the 2007 Festival di Pentecoste (and co-produced for the Ravenna Festival) with thankfully no castrati this time.
The other Friday, May 25 appointment for Ruggero (that he already said he would not attend) is with Muti's daughter Chiara, who starred in the director's 2004 movie Il sorriso dell'ultima notte, that will be replaying at Il Politecnico Fandango in Rome until May 31.
I don’t know…if we were in Ruggero’s shoes, how would we have ever decided which event to attend?! On one hand you have the ravishing (albeit a pretty wooden actress, in all her beauty) Chiara...and on the other you have the hotness that is Riccardo. Chiara's cute (and she can make things move without touching them: yes, that was cleverly-crafted joke) but she's not really my type so thanks n e way/ I guess i'd pick Muti, too, but only if he promised to hold me afterwards, but you know he wouldn't...he'd have like some obscure 18th century scores to study.
And what has our lovely Chiara been up to lately? omg u wont believe:: It comes to light in the article that while living in Paris and waiting for a few films to hit the screen this autumn, she is preparing for a recital/play with pianist Paolo Restani about the life of Mozart, which will debut on June 4 at Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi di Salerno. Let's hope she makes her daddy proud.
Speaking of hawtness, this is Muti's son, Domenico, avid soccer player.