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31 Jan - 21 Mar 2013

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1791)

New production

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

What the critics say

The Guardian - Full Review ›

Opera Britannia - Full Review ›

Bachtrack - Full Review ›

The Telegraph - Full Review ›

The Independent - Full Review ›


  • Tito Paul Nilon
  • Vitellia Annemarie Kremer
  • Servilia Fflur Wyn
  • Sesto Helen Lepalaan
  • Annio Kathryn Rudge
  • Publio Henry Waddington
Creative Team
  • Movement Director Tim Claydon
  • Conductor Douglas Boyd (ex 28 February)
  • Conductor Justin Doyle (28 February)
  • Director John Fulljames
  • Set and Costume Designer Conor Murphy
  • Lighting Designer Bruno Poet
  • Projection Designer Finn Ross

Click on the venue below to plan your visit.

Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office. 
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service. 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request. 
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels.  

Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!

The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 242 8094 and quote 'pre-opera menu'

Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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100 Grey Street

Important Information

Box office: 08448 112121


Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.

The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.


Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.


The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.


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Great Victoria Street

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Box office: 028 9024 1919

Easily accessible by road or public transport, The Grand Opera House is located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the world famous Europa Hotel. The main entrance is on Great Victoria Street, with Stage Door located on Glengall Street.

There is a multi-storey car park situated behind the Europa Hotel, accessible via Sandy Row and Hope Street. McCausland Car Park, located onGrosvenor Road, is open to midnight, Monday - Friday, and 11.00pm on Sunday. There is limited on-street parking on Great Victoria Street, while the nearby Days Hotel also offers secure car-parking facilities.

Great Victoria Street Train Station and the Europa Bus Centre are located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the Grand Opera House. Rail services are available on the Bangor, Londonderry, Larne and Portadown lines and cross-border Enterprise services to Dublin are also available. The Europa Bus Centre provides services across Northern Ireland. Timetables can be viewed at www.translink.co.uk or contact 028 9066 6630 for further information.

Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

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Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/


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Theatre Square

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal

By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 


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What you say

Comment from Rowan Harwood


Rowan Harwood said ago

Saw this last night in Nottingham. Superb show, great singing and acting. Production was also a hit for me. You have to put some imagination and interest in to make Opera Seria work on stage; it wasn't obtrusive, and flowed well. In addition, I wanted to add my appreciation of Douglas Boyd's superb conducting

Comment from Brian Dotson


Brian Dotson said ago

It was a pleasure to be at the Grand Theatre, Leeds again last Thursday to hear ‘La Clemenza di Tito’.

From the opening notes of the overture one sensed a production that was not just going to be ‘run of the mill’ but with a bit of bite & characterisation in it. There were a few rough patches but totally understandable on an opening night but the concept held firm. How good it was to see these characters as real people & not just ‘stand & deliver’ artists.

I found some of the singing deeply moving none more so than Helen Lepalaan as Sesto. Equally the scheming Vitellia of Annemarie Kremer saw what a nasty piece of work she was although she did show repentance at the end with the shards of glass – a clever touch!

I don’t think I have heard Paul Nilon sing with such conviction. He seemed totally wrapped up in the role and delivered his part effortlessly.

I could go on for ages extolling the virtues of this John Fulljames production. It was a terrific show & I hope audiences on its tour enjoy it as much as I did. A great night out!

I am looking forward to returning for Handel’s ‘Joshua’.

Comment from merrin froggett


merrin froggett said ago

Well done Opera North, this production held us on the edge of our seats as the dramatic tension played out. It was so well paced and the clever staging kept the action flowing. The singers presented their characters superbly with great depth of understanding and the singing was never less than sublime and particularly moving. The orchestra was wonderful in support, being both dramatic and sensitive. The themes of the story were brought up to date cleverly by both staging and costuming, making the action seem fully resonant with modern society.

Comment from Donald


Donald said ago

I loved this and not only because I've been a fan of Paul Nilon, Kathryn Rudge and Douglas Boyd for many years now. Musically superb - loved the clarinets - and very relevant. Of course, you MUST update operas - not every time, but sometimes. However you stage it doesn't excuse the rudeness of a man near me who spoiled the overture with a loud comment 'looks like a fish tank!" The discussion beforehand on Sat was very illuminating, but I'm sure the rationale was in the programme - sorry, I didn't buy one, so it does pay for audiences to gen up. I certainly wouldn't call it incomprehensible - in fact it was the most comprehensible Tito I've seen and much improved by not having togas and clutter. Above all, Mozart's dramatic timing - why some people think items are truncated - became very telling, while spinning out the arias while Tito decided whether Sesto should die was agonising. It really got to the heart of what power and mercy are about - and ON made it as relevant today as it was in Ancient Rome or in the 1780s when revolution was in the air. Brilliant!

Comment from dermot stewart


dermot stewart said ago

A splendid evening. The set was fascinating, simple but slowly changing to enhance the story. Lovely singing and playing -particularly the clarinet parts, and good movement by the singers. One of the best, if not so overwhelming as Carousel.

Comment from Stephen Waldek


Stephen Waldek said ago

It was great to hear this rarely produced opera. We thought that the singing, design and orchesteral playing were superb, An excellent production all round. One of te best Opera North productions we have heard in recent years.

Comment from Sean


Sean said ago

It was good to get to hear a work that does not appear very often. Some nice singing.. but I have absolutely no idea what "concept" the director had. It was a weird, unattractive and incomprehensible production. Note: next time you want to update an opera... just don't. It is always a mistake.

Comment from Jim and Jill Bolland


Jim and Jill Bolland said ago

We really enjoyed this production much more than we expected. Clever use of scenery, and such lovely voices meant you could not but have a good time.
Couldn't understand the mammoth face of Tito that appeared when the Opera North chorus were singing Tito's praises!

Comment from Rachel Lackey


Rachel Lackey said ago

This was exquisite. I have rarely seen something so gripping, moving and profound.

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Restaurant Deals


We’ve teamed up with Piazza by Anthony in Leeds to offer you an exclusive pre-theatre menu. Enjoy 2 Courses for £17.95 or 3 Courses for £21.95. Please use the promotion code ‘OPERANORTH’ when booking your table online or by calling 0113 2470995. This special offer is also available without booking, simply turn up and show your opera tickets to the receptionist.

Available from 4pm until 7pm every night between Wednesday 16th January and Saturday 23rd February 2013 , and From 12pm until 4pm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2013. Only valid on the day of the performance your ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Just a short walk from the theatre, another fantastic dining option is The Reliance (76-78 North Street).Treat yourself to the pre-theatre menu served between 5:30 and 6:30pm, Mon - Sat. Enjoy 2 courses for £13.95 or 3 courses for £17.90. Call 0113 2956060 to book a table. 


Why not make a night of it and enjoy a pre-show meal at The Lowry Restaurant? You can have your theatre programmes delivered to your table, pre-order your interval drinks or return for dessert and coffee during the interval. Call 0161 876 2121 to reserve your table.


Enjoy a two course pre-theatre meal at Pasqualino’s for just £15.50 or £13 for Friends. Available 5.30pm. Call the Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 to book.

Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. T&Cs apply.

Did You Know?

Although it is today much less popular than Mozart’s biggest works, La clemenza di Tito was in fact the first Mozart Opera that was shown in London. Receiving its première there at His Majesty's Theatre on 27 March 1806

Season Tickets

Full information can be found here.

On sale dates for Leeds Grand Theatre
Booking for fixed subscriptions opens 28 May and booking for multibuy ticket packages opens 18 June. Priority booking for Friends of Opera North and Groups opens 9 July.

All tickets will be on public sale on 16 July 2012. 

On sale dates for The Lowry 
Booking for multibuy ticket packages opens 14 June. Priority booking for Friends of Opera North and My Lowry opens 28 June.

All tickets will be on public sale on 5 July 2012.

On sale dates for Theatre Royal Nottingham
Booking for multibuy ticket packages opens 11 June. Priority booking for Friends of Opera North opens 25 June.

All tickets will be on public sale on 2 July 2012.


All discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Discounts cannot be used retrospectively. Only one discount per ticket. Proof of eligibility must be shown.


All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 10% off when you book 3-4 operas; 15% off when you book 5-6 operas. With each package comes a £15 voucher if booked online or a £10 voucher if booked by phone, post or in person.  Full details here
  • Income Support, Pension Credit, JSA: £10 best available excl. Dress Circle
  • Disabled people: 25% off (essential carer free)
  • Family ticket: 50% off for up to four 18/under with each adult ticket
  • Groups of 10+: 20% off plus one free seat for the organiser
  • Visually impaired people: £13.50 tickets reserved in the most appropriate area for the audio-described performance

On the Day

  • Up to 50 £10 tickets available in the Upper Balcony.

Tuesday – Friday

  • Retired over 60: £3 off, excl. £15 tickets
  • Leeds Card holders: £3 off, excl. £15 tickets
  • Under 26 and full time students: £10 best available excl. Dress Circle


No concessions on £16 tickets

All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 15% off when you book 3-4 operas; 20% off when you book 5-6 operas. Full details here
  • Groups of 10 or more: £4 off per ticket. No booking fee.Where over half the group is entitled to concessions: £4 off per ticket plus 1 in 10 free.
  • Essential companions for disabled visitors are entitled to a free seat. Contact Box Office for details.
  • Family ticket: 50% off for up to four under 16s with each adult ticket.

Tuesday – Friday

  • Over 60s, Disabled people, JSA, New Deal, Pension Credit: £3 off
  • Full time students: £10 Stalls tickets with ID.
  • Visually impaired people: £15 tickets reserved in the most appropriate area for the audio-described performance. No booking fee.


All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 10% off when you book 3-4 operas; 15% off when you book 5-7 operas. Full details here
  • Friends of Theatre Royal: 20% off
  • Companion: One free ticket for the companion of a disabled person who is not able to attend the event unaccompanied. To be eligible you produce one of the following as validation of status: A letter confirming receipt of Disability Living Allowance; a Local Authority Mobility Card/Pass; a Disabled Person’s Railcard; a Local Authority Registration Card for Visual Impairment or certificate or a Doctor’s note (valid for 6 months).

Tuesday – Thursday (Excluding Gallery Seats)

  • Group bookings:
    • 10 or more: £2 off
    • 20 or more: £2.50 off + 1 free ticket
    • 40 or more: £3.50 off + 1 free ticket + 1 free programme
    • 100 or more: £4.50 off
  • Standby: half price from 2 hours before the start of the performance in the Upper Circle/Amphitheatre/Gallery subject to availability.
  • Visually impaired people: £2 off and one free ticket for an Assistant if unable to attend unaccompanied, for the Audio-described performance. 


All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 10% off when you book 3-4 operas; 15% off when you book 5-6 operas. Full details here
  • Group bookings: 20% off for groups of 8 or more
  • Disabled people: 50% off for patron and essential companion in Stalls
  • Standby tickets: Under 26s £7.50 in Stalls. Concession holders half price. Available from 6.00pm on the day. Subject to availability. Max 2 per person.

Tuesday – Friday Excl. Balcony Seats

  • Retired over 60: 10% off
  • Under 18s: 50% off
  • Registered unwaged: 50% off
  • Full time student: £10 stalls
  • School Groups: 50% off in the Balcony for 10+One free teacher place per 20 pupils booked.
  • Visually impaired people: 50% off in the Stalls for the Audio-described performance. 


  • Multibuy: Buy seats for Friday or Saturday and get 25% off tickets for Wednesday or Thursday performances (equivalent number of tickets)
  • Friends: 10% off Wednesday/Thursday evenings
  • Groups: Every 11th seat free (the free seat will be the cheapest purchased). Plus: groups of 8+ will get £1 off per seat; groups of 16+ £2 off per seat
  • Schools/Colleges: 1 free teacher for every 10 pupils booked
  • Standby: from 6pm on day of performance half price for senior citizens and unemployed people; £10 tickets for students
  • Access policy: a free companion seat for customers with disabilities who require assistance.