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La Clemenza di Tito

La Clemenza di Tito

Story & Setting:

This elegant and stately opera tells a story of vengeance and forgiveness in the Roman Empire. Adapted on a Metastasio text, Tito follows the plotting of Vitellia, daughter of the previous emperor, as she attempts to wrest the throne away from Tito. Desperate actions from multiple characters ultimately lead us to contemplate the meaning of true leadership.

Opera Notes:

One of Mozart's last works, this piece was written for the celebration of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II of Bohemia's coronation, and the subject matter appropriately praises the titular emperor. Set in opera seria form (already considered old-fashioned by 1791), Mozart was in such haste to finish the work in time that he trusted the recitativo sections to his assistant Süssmayr, the man also later known for finishing his Requiem. However, its libretto updates, subtle orchestration, and virtuosic singing made this an extremely popular opera immediately following the composer's death.

Sung in

Italian

Length: 

2 hours & 55 minutes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Watch/Listen


"Se all'impero" (Giuseppe Filianoti )

Met Opera (current production)


"Ah perdona al primo affetto" (Kate Lindsey & Lucy Crowe)

Met Opera (current production)