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Vitellia, chosen against the odds as future empress, realises Sextus has not betrayed her and confesses all to Titus. It may be that everyone will live happily ever after, but I would urge most of the characters to start growing up. For the sake of Leopold II, Mozart ends in an unambiguous C major [watch and listen -- DVD2 chapter 23, 11:10-12:38]. The performance is impressively musical throughout, with Sylvain Cambreling in sensitive command of the Paris forces. The staging is clinically whitewashed and spare, as if for a psychiatrist's consulting room, and at the opposite extreme from the luxury Nero must have relished in his Golden House. Clearly this Titus had no intention of extending clemency to any interior designer or furniture maker. He has a throne, and a winged Victory at the end of a passage; that is all.

Christoph Prégardien (Tito, left) with Roland Bracht (Publio) and members of the chorus, at the end of Act 2
Christoph Prégardien (Tito, left) with Roland Bracht (Publio) and members of the chorus, at the end of Act 2


Copyright © 16 March 2006 Robert Anderson, London UK


Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito

OA 0942 D 2xDVD9 NTSC 16/9 anamorphic LPCM Stereo, dts digital surround NEW RELEASE 212' 2005 Opéra national de Paris/LGM

Susan Graham (Sesto); Hannah Esther Minutillo (Annio); Catherine Naglestad (Vitellia); Ekaterina Siurina (Servilia); Roland Bracht (Publio); Christoph Prégardien (Tito); Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra national de Paris; Sylvain Cambreling, musical director; Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann, stage directors; Karl-Ernst Herrmann, sets, costumes and lighting; Heinz Ilsanker, lighting; Peter Burian, chorus master

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): La Clemenza di Tito (Opera in two acts, K621, 1791, libretto by Pietro Metastasio, adapted by Caterino Mazzolà)


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