Lyric Opera LIVE on Wednesday, 7:15 pm
Mozart had three more months to live when La clemenza di Tito premiered in Prague in September of 1791. An opera in two acts, it was written for the coronation of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor.
Clemenza is the story of the benevolent Roman Emperor Titus. Like the Mozart character, the historical Titus struggled over whether or not to pardon a friend and traitor. The historical Titus did have a Romance with the Jewish queen Berenice who had sided with the Romans in their war against the Jews. That’s where the action of this opera begins.
Joyce DiDonato (Sesto) on the role’s challenges:
Joyce DiDonato on the 2nd act aria:
Roger Pines speaking with director Sir David McVicar:
Matthew Polenzani sings the role of Tito:
Amanda Majeski sings Vitellia:
Lyric Opera of Chicago music director Sir Andrew Davis is on the podium: