The announcement was made on January 28 in Salzburg, one day after Muti led an all-star concert there celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.
Muti will lead the three-day spring event for three years starting in 2007. It will feature his Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra. According to the Times, the 2007 festival will include Cimarosa's Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and an oratorio by Scarlatti.
The longtime music director of Milan's La Scala, Muti resigned last year under pressure from angry workers, and currently holds no major leadership posts.