…Power, Love, Guilt, Forgiveness,
a classic struggle for a throne.…
One of Mozart’s last operas, La Clemenza di Tito (The clemency of Titus), is a story of friendship and forgiveness triumphing over jealousy and violence.
The new emperor of Rome, Tito (Bradley Dayley), is much loved by the Roman people, with the exception of Vitellia (Helena Dix) the daughter of the previous Emperor. When her attempts to return to her rightful place on the throne through marriage are unsuccessful, Vitellia plots Tito’s assassination and enlists the help of her young admirer, Sesto (Catherine Carby). Sesto is close friends with Tito, but will do anything to gain the affections of Vitellia, so agrees to her plans. He sets fire to the Capitol, intending to trap Tito inside and kill him.
The plot fails but Sesto is wracked with guilt. He admits his guilt to Tito and faces execution. Vitellia rushes to Tito to admit her part in the plan to help save Sesto. Tito forgives them both and the Roman people rejoice in their compassionate and merciful Emperor.
Tito: Bradley Daley
Sesto: Catherine Carby
Vitellia: Helena Dix
Servilia: Mikayla Tate
Annio: Eleanor Greenwood
Publio: Andrew Collis
Director: Peter Coleman-Wright AO
Conductor: Dane Lam
Chorus Master: Tobias Cole
Costumes: Victoria Fiona Hopkins
Lighting: Mark Dyson
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Caterino Mazzola
Orchestra: Canberra Symphony Orchestra
What: La Clemenza Di Tito by National Opera
When: 10, 13, 15, 17 April 2021
Where: Llewellyn Hall, School of Music, ANU
Cost: $88-$165. Buy tickets at National Opera.