La Clemenza di Tito (Glyndebourne Festival Opera)

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Overview

The Glyndebourne Festival Opera mounted this 1991 performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera seria La Clemenza di Tito 1791, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the work. With the traditional libretto by Pietro Metastasio and Caterino Mazzolà, and newly composed secco recitatives authored Stephen Oliver and commissioned by Glyndebourne, it stars Philip Langridge as Tito, Ashley Putnam as Vitellia, Diana Montague as Sesto, and Martine Mahé as Annio. The Glyndebourne Chorus, under the leadership of chorus ...
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Overview

The Glyndebourne Festival Opera mounted this 1991 performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera seria La Clemenza di Tito 1791, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the work. With the traditional libretto by Pietro Metastasio and Caterino Mazzolà, and newly composed secco recitatives authored Stephen Oliver and commissioned by Glyndebourne, it stars Philip Langridge as Tito, Ashley Putnam as Vitellia, Diana Montague as Sesto, and Martine Mahé as Annio. The Glyndebourne Chorus, under the leadership of chorus master David Angus, and London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Stephen Bryant, lend musical accompaniment to the production. David Fielding designed the sets and a pre-Madness of King George Nicholas Hytner directs for the stage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • UPC: 807280040791
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 2:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 97,694

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philip Langridge Tito
Ashley Putnam Vitellia
Diana Montague Annio
Elzbieta Szmytka Servilia
Peter Rose Publio
Andrew Davis Conductor
Technical Credits
Robin Lough Director
Dennis Marks Executive Producer
Jane Seymour Executive Producer
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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Enjoyable Minimalist Opera

    La Clemenza Di Tito, a Mozart opera that seems rarely seen, is an opera seria in two acts. The opera was commissioned to pay tribute to the emperor, who had recently abolished torture and the death penalty. Mozart was happy to oblige, and certainly paints Tito in the appropriate light. Philip Langridge portrays Tito as a sensitive and concerned ruler, with strong loyalties and the strength to forgive wrongs done to him, and it is easy to feel his sense of betrayal and respond to his struggle for what-to-do next. Mr. Langridge deftly portrays the inner conflict that Tito experiences when he discovers that one of his trusted advisors has tried to kill him (Sesto does this for the love of Vitellia, enjoyably and evilly played by Ashley Putnam). Sesto is played by Diana Montague, and her angst and lovely voice really draw the viewer in - she does a fantastic job on "Parto, ma tub en mio". It is easy to understand why this production was so popular in the early 1990's. The Glyndebourne Chorus sounds great, and Andrew Davis leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The Harpsichord continuo is performed by Joyce Fieldsend, and it is spritely and playful and really adds to the overall positive feel of the opera. The sets themselves are rather minimalist, but that serves this production well as the focus should be on the emotions depicted on-stage. And while this is not an opera that clamors to be seen again and again, it is certainly one that should be seen and experienced with a fine cast, and this production definitely fits the bill. Recommended.

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