28th July, 2nd and 4th August
Musical director – Konstantinos Diminakis
Artistic director – Bernadette Grimmett
A MOZART DISCOVERY
The Roman empire was torn apart by civil war before Titus’ father, Vespasian, brought peace and unity. Titus offers continuity and more. He is an able and benign ruler. He has won a great victory in Palestine, brought home untold wealth in spoils and has been awarded a triumph. The Romans love him but they will NOT let him marry a foreign woman and make her empress of Rome. Should he abdicate to live with the love of his life and plunge the country back into chaos or open the way for his brother, Domitian, an inhuman monster who is already plotting to kill him? Titus sacrifices his happiness to his duty but, for some Romans, even that is not enough.
Mozart wrote two grand opera seria; one at either end of his career. La Clemenza di Tito is mature Mozart, composed in the last year of his life at the same time as Die Zauberflöte and the requiem. The music is sublime, the characters fascinating, the story compelling.