In 1791, whilst working on Die Zauberflöte for Vienna, Mozart received a request from Prague for an opera intended to celebrate the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia. The work was completed within three weeks and the story tells how an Emperor provides his people, through his clemency, with an example of humanism, a theme that was very dear to Mozart. In a free singing style that gives pride of place to feminine voices, he minimised recitatives, displaying the best of himself by mastering the forces of the orchestra and choir. The ensembles are especially intricate and the grand arias offer a unique and pure beauty that place La Clemenza di Tito among the absolute masterpieces. A fable about the torments of power and the torments of love, in which the trials and tribulations of the six protagonists make them more humble and wise.
In Antique Rome, in 80ACn the magnanimous Emperor Titus is in love with Berenice, but Vitellia, consumed by ambition, wants to marry him to secure a place of power. Taking advantage of the fact that Sextus, the best friend of Titus, is in love with her, she convinces him to assassinate Titus. The conspiracy is unmasked and Titus benevolently responds to this affront with clemency, forgiving them both.
Musical Direction : Thomas Rösner Staging, sets, costumes and lighting: Cécile Roussat, Julien Lubek Choirmaster : Pierre Iodice With Orchestra and chorus from Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liège Cast: Vitellia: Patrizia Ciofi Sesto: Anna Bonitatibus Servilia: Veronica Cangemi Annio: Cecilia Molinari Tito: Leonardo Cortellazzi Publio: Markus Suihkonen
Production compagny : Oxymore
Coproduction compagny : Opéra Royal of Wallonie-Liège, Jim & Jules, with the participation of France Télévisions
Running Time : 149’
Production Year : 2019
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution