Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1791)
La clemenza di Tito is a tale of sexual obsession and divided loyalties, set in Ancient Rome. The powerful, alluring Vitellia has designs on the Emperor Tito, and is provoked to fury when he opts to marry someone else. She fans the flames of rebellion, and demands his assassination at the hands of her doting lover Sesto, Tito’s trusted confidant. Torn between loyalty to his friend and emperor and his fascination with the hypnotic Vitellia, Sesto makes a choice that tests Tito’s forgiving nature to breaking point.
Composed for the coronation celebrations of the new Emperor of Bohemia, La clemenza was famously described by Mozart as his ‘true opera’ due to its noble subject and its rich, varied music. Mozart received the commission for Tito when he was already underway with The Magic Flute, and both works’ stirring melodies, colourful ensembles and unforgettable choruses share the directness and simplicity typical of his late style.
John Fulljames, Associate Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, directs Opera North’s first production of Mozart’s sublime opera seria. Annemarie Kremer, who stunned audiences and critics in her spellbinding performance as Norma last year stars in an outstanding cast including Opera North favourites Paul Nilon, Kathryn Rudge and Fflur Wyn.
Sung in Italian with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes
Supported by the Friends of Opera North
A co-production with Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy