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Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito / Andrew Davis/LPO, Langridge, Putnam [DVD]

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza de Tito
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Nicholas Hytner's elegant staging, performed in the original Italian language, was premiered during the Mozart Bicentenary season at Glyndebourne on 28 June 1991. An impressive cast is led by Philip Langridge (Tito), Ashley Putnam (Vitellia) and Diana Montague (Sesto). New secco recitatives, to replace those written by Mozart's pupil Sussmayr, were commissioned by Glyndebourne from composer Stephen Oliver for this production. Andrew Davis conducts the LPO. "The interplay of the characters has never been more purposefully presented, making nonsense of the old idea of this piece as stiff and static." The Guardian

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 143 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish


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.

Submitted on 08/14/11 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza de Tito
  • Performers: Philip Langridge (Tenor); Martine Mahé (Mezzo Soprano); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Ashley Putnam (Soprano); Peter Rose (Bass); Elzbieta Szmytka (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: Glyndebourne Chorus
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791