150TH ANNIVERSARY OF JAPANESE-ITALIAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

Coincidently, Muti was in Japan to conduct his Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra for two performances March 16-17 as part of the Tokyo Spring Festival. The new stamp, which depicts Muti at the podium commemorates the joint signing of a treaty in 1866. “It is my honor to celebrate this anniversary by opening the Tokyo Spring Festival with concerts by an orchestra and chorus of young Japanese and young Italian musicians”, Muti said.

The Muti stamp is part of a sheet that also features stamps honoring Italian composers Giuseppe Verdi and Arrigo Boito. The Japanese stamps mark the second postal-themed honor for Muti.

In 2004, Austrian officials issued a stamp celebrating Muti’s artistic legacy, including his many guest performances with the Vienna Philharmonic and at the annual Salzburg Festival.

Source of information: stampnews.com