Experience Mozart's La clemenza di Tito in its 2017 Salzburg Festival production under famed American stage director Peter Sellars, starring Russell Thomas as the emperor Tito, Golda Schultz as Vitellia, Christina Gansch as Servilia, and Marianne Crebassa as Sesto, and featuring the orchestra MusicAeterna under the direction of Teodor Currentzis.
How do we live together in an age of conflict? How do you heal a divided and angry people? In their new production of Mozart's La clemenza di Tito, Peter Sellars and Teodor Currentzis examine these questions through the story of a warrior-emperor who brings peace to his divided land and pardons his own would-be assassins. Written during the last year of Mozart's life, and based on a libretto written more than half a century earlier by Pietro Metastasio, the opera was commissioned for the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia and was first performed publicly at the Estates Theatre in Prague on September 6, 1791. Written under a time crunch (legend has it that it was written in only 18 days, although it is likely an exaggeration), the work quickly proved itself as enduringly popular with audiences.
Photo: © Salzburger Festspiele / Ruth Walz
Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna appear courtesy of Sony Classical
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