This summer, Riccardo Muti marks yet another milestone in his illustrious career: the launch of the Riccardo Muti Opera Academy.

In this YouTube video, the CSO’s music director talks about his ambitions for the academy, which also will feature his Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra (founded in 2004). Muti will lead sessions for conductors, opera coaches and singers. Inaugural activities begin in July, with rehearsals of the academy’s first production, Verdi’s Falstaff. All rehearsals, from July 8 to July 21, will be open to the public. The culminating event will be a concert July 27 featuring academy students and the Cherubini Orchestra in Falstaff.

The video is in Italian with English subtitles: