Muti still on mission to honor original intent of Verdi

This Feb. 9, 2018 photo released by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra shows Riccardo Muti, standing right, during a rehearsal for the Chicago Symphony Or

This Feb. 9, 2018 photo released by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra shows Riccardo Muti, standing right, during a rehearsal for the Chicago Symphony Or

NEW YORK (AP) — Riccardo Muti is a man on a mission, intent on forcing singers, orchestras and young directors to honor the original intent of Giuseppi (joo-zep-pe) Verdi and other composers.

Muti, who just extended his contract as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through 2021-2022, says he's been fighting his entire life against all the bad habits about the Verdi interpretation, interpolations, transpositions, cuts and high notes that he didn't write.

Says Muti: "I made and am still making a war against all these habits."