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La Clemenza di Tito

La Clemenza di Tito: By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
PARIS  •  Palais Garnier  •  Ongoing

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito
Opera seria in two acts (1791)
Libretto by Pietro Metastasio Adapted by Caterino Mazzola
Performed in Italian

Mozart's last opera, along with Die Zauberflöte and the Requiem, is his testament, the testament of an aesthete but also that of a humanist. From his childhood, Mozart had passionately loved and brilliantly exploited the genre of opera seria in works such as Lucio Silla or Idomeneo. Returning to it once again, he reiterates his love for the structure and pure lines of tragedy and the classical art of expression. Here, pity and passion are subjected to the imperious laws of beauty: is there any virtue more admirable than mercy, the knowledge and acceptance of the fault of another and its forgiveness? The very title of the work is a declaration of Mozart's final acceptance of his own destiny (he was to die at the age of thirty-four) and of his pardon offered to all. Tomas Netopil conducts this austere yet flamboyant masterpiece in Willy Decker's refined production.

Thomas Netopil,  conductor  
Willy Decker: stage director  
John Macfarlane:  sets and costumes  
Hans Toelstede: lighting  
Alessandro Di Stefano,  chorus master  

Saimir Pirgu:  Tito Vespasiano 
Tamar Iveri:  Vitellia
Maria Virginia Savastano: Servilia 
Stéphanie D'Oustrac: Sesto 
Hannah Esther Minutillo:  Annio 
Balint Szabo:  Publio 

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus


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Contact: Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opera
75001 Paris

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