The concert on May 2, which was planned before Muti's resignation, prompted an emotional response from the city's music fans. Members of the audience threw flowers onto the stage and circulated a petition asking Muti to reconsider his resignation. Hundreds gathered to watch the performance on an outdoor screen.
Muti resigned the music director post after 19 years on April 2 after weeks of protests from La Scala's staff and musicians, who accused him of forcing out superintendent Carlo Fontana. Mauro Meli, who replaced Fontana and was seen as an ally of Muti, has also resigned.
This week's concert, a spokesperson said, suggests that Muti might be willing to guest conduct in the future, despite the circumstances of his departure. "There was a feeling of hope that the maestro will return to conduct at La Scala," she said.