There are also the last descendants of Luigi Cherubini among the signatories of the appeal to President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella for the repatriation of the remains of the Florentine composer launched in July by Riccardo Muti during the LXXXI Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Patrizia Ottolini e Monica Ricci, nephews of the lyricist and musician Bixio Cherubini (in turn great-grandson of Luigi) and then descendants of the composer visited, on Thursday, the cenotaph of their ancestor in the Basilica of the Holy Cross and have signed the appeal launched this summer by the teacher Muti which, in less than six months, has exceeded the 35 thousand signatures of which about 5 thousand collected at Teatro del Maggio and almost 30mila on the online platform

Patrizia Ottolini e Monica Ricci, invited to Florence by the Teatro del Maggio and by 'Work of Santa Croce, said they were "enthusiastic about the initiative to which they joined with emotion and pride".

With the collection of signatures it is asked that the remains of Luigi Cherubini, who died in Paris in the 1842, return to Italy and are moved from the Parisian cemetery of Père-Lachaise to the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. Among the first signatories besides Muti himself, the master Fabio Luisi musical director of the Maggio, the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella, the superintendent of the Maggio Cristiano Chiarot, the superintendent of the Opera di Roma Carlo Fuortes, the superintendent of the Fiesole School of Music Lorenzo Cinatti, and with him Paolo Zampini Director of the Conservatory of Florence named after Cherubini and after them many others.

"Luigi Cherubini was one of the greatest Italian composers," he said Riccardo Muti on the occasion of his direction of Macbeth, as of May on July 14, 2018 - and I would like his remains to be kept in his city, in the Basilica of Santa Croce, where there is a wonderful sarcophagus named after him, unjustly empty. This battle is very close to my heart! ”.

With a shared thought, Cristiano Chiarot, superintendent of the Teatro del Maggio e Giuseppe De Micheli Secretary General of the Opera di Santa Croce said: "We are very happy that the composer's descendants have joined the initiative launched by Maestro Muti and whose May was immediately promoted, together with the Opera di Santa Croce. They represent for the cause, two of the most important signatures, because they further legitimize an initiative that immediately saw a great success, collecting a huge amount of subscriptions in a few months. This shows that there are many people who would like to return the composer's remains in the Florentine basilica ".

Luigi Cherubini, born in Florence in the 1760, had an extraordinary European career that led him to obtain huge successes in the artistic field and to hold prestigious institutional positions, such as the direction of the Paris Conservatory from 1822 to 1842, the year of his death.