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La Clemenza di Tito – Mozart

Sylvain Cambreling, Ursel Hermann – Susan Graham (Sesto), Christoph Prégardien (Tito)

La Clemenza di Tito – Mozart Sylvain Cambreling, Ursel Hermann – Susan Graham (Sesto), Christoph Prégardien (Tito)

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Mozart's last opera, premiered in September 1791 for the coronation of Leopold II, King of Bohemia, celebrates the figure of the merciful sovereign.

Act 1: Rome, A.D. 79. Vitellia, daughter of the deposed Emperor Vitellio, wants the current ruler, Tito (Titus Flavius Savinus Vespasianus), assassinated because he does not return her love and has chosen as consort Berenice, daughter of the King of Judea. She tries to overcome the scruples of her admirer Sesto about committing murder for her sake. Sesto's friend Annio comes to fetch him for an audience with the emperor, revealing that Berenice will not be consort after all. Vitellia's ambitions for the throne revive, and she asks Sesto to delay his plan. Annio reminds Sesto of his own desire to marry Sesto's sister, Servilia, and urges him to ask Tito for permission. The two men reaffirm their friendship.
Before the Capitol, the populace hails Tito, who declares he will help the survivors of the recent eruption of Vesuvius at Pompeii. Annio and Sesto learn that the emperor wishes to marry Servilia. Diplomatically, Annio assures Tito he welcomes the union. The emperor says the chief joy of power lies in the opportunity to help others. Annio tells Servilia the emperor wishes to marry her, but she reaffirms her love for Annio, and he admits he returns it.
In the imperial palace, Publio, a guard, shows Tito a list of those who have spoken disloyally. Tito is inclined to forgive them. The discussion is interrupted by Servilia, who confesses her prior commitment to Annio. Tito generously relinquishes all claim to her and leaves, followed by Servilia. Vitellia, angry again, tells Sesto now is the time to strike. He declares that her wish is his command. When Vitellia learns Tito is looking for her, she calls after Sesto to stop him, but it is too late.
In front of the Capitol, Sesto, who has set fire to the building, trembles with remorse. Annio, Servilia, Publio and Vitellia appear, voicing anxiety and confusion. Believing he has succeeded in killing the emperor, Sesto starts to confess but is silenced by Vitellia.

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Program

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, La clemenza di Tito, K. 621
    • I: Overture
    • I: "Ma che? sempre l'istesso"
    • I: "Come ti piace imponi"
    • I: "Amico il passo affretta"
    • I: "Deh se piacer mi vuol"
    • I: "Amico, ecco il momento"
    • I: "Deh prendi un dolce amplesso"
    • I: Marcia
    • I: "Serbate, oh Dei custodi"
    • I: "Te della patria il padre"
    • I: "Adesso, o Sesto, parla per me"
    • I: "Del più sublime soglio"
    • I: "Non ci pentiam"
    • I: "Ah perdona al primo affetto"
    • I : "Ch mi rechi quel foglio"
    • I: ""Ah, se fosse intorno al trono"
    • I: "Felice me!" - "Ancora mi schernisce?"
    • I: "Parto, ma tu ben mio"
    • I: "Vedrai, Tito, vedrai"
    • I: "Vengo... aspettate... Sesto!"
    • I: "Oh Dei, che smania è questa"
    • I: "Deh, conservate o Dei"
    • II: "Sesto, come tu credi"
    • II: "Torna di Tito a lato"
    • II: "Partir deggio, o restar?"
    • II: "Se al volto mai ti senti"
    • II: "Ah, grazie si rendano"
    • II: "Tardi s'avvede"
    • II: "No, cosi scellerato"
    • II: "Tu fosti tradito"
    • II: "Che orror! che tradimento!"
    • II: "Quello di Tito e il volto!"
    • II: "Deh per questo istante solo"
    • II: "Dove s'intese mai piu contumace recitativo"
    • II: "Se all'impero"
    • II: "Publio, ascolta!"
    • II: "S'altro che lacrime"
    • II: "Ecco il punto, oh Vitellia"
    • II: "Non piu di fiori"
    • II: "Che del ciel, che degli Dei"
    • II: "Price che principio a'leiti"
    • II: "Tu, è ver, m'assolvi, Augusto"

Details

  • Directed by: Thomas Grimm
  • Venue: Opéra Bastille (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 2005
  • Duration: 2 h 27 min
  • Production: © Opéra national de Paris / LGM
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN, FR, ES, ZH, JA, DE

Casting

  • Ursel Hermann | Stage director
  • Karl-Ernst Hermann | Stage director, Set designer, Costume designer, Lighting
  • Heinz Ilsanker | Lighting
  • Susan Graham | Sesto
  • Christoph Prégardien | Tito
  • Hannah Esther Minutillo | Annio
  • Catherine Naglestad | Vitellia
  • Roland Bracht | Publio
  • Ekaterina Siurina | Servilia
  • Paris Opera Orchestra
  • Sylvain Cambreling | Music director
  • Opéra national de Paris Choir
  • Peter Burian | Chorus master

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