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La Clemenza di Tito
(Dec. 1, 2012)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Libretto by Caterino Mazzolà, after Pietro Metastasio
Bicket; Frittoli, Garanča, Lindsey, Filianoti
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 35 min.
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s dramatic production brings ancient Rome to life for this gripping tale of revenge, terror, and attempted murder. Giuseppe Filianoti is the Emperor Tito who chooses Servilia (Lucy Crowe) to be his Empress. But when she tells him she is already in love with Annio (Kate Lindsey) he decides to wed Vitellia (Barbara Frittoli) instead. Unaware of the honor about to be bestowed on her, Vitelllia, daughter of the deposed emperor, is determined to seek revenge on Tito and ensnares her lover Sesto (Elīna Garanča) in her dark plot. Early music specialist Harry Bicket conducts.