Company premiere: Mozart's The Clemency of Titus
"Spectacularly imaginative...this Clemenza was distinguished by the wall-to-wall quality of its singing, down to the smallest roles."
A new production by Thaddeus Strassberger marked the company premiere of a masterpiece composed nearly simultaneously with The Magic Flute in the last months of Mozart’s short life. Strassberger’s scenic design was inspired by 19th-century Romantic-era paintings set in Rome’s Temple of Jupiter, the Roman baths, and Titus’ throne room. The production featured lavish costumes, including a gown worn by Vitellia which sported a 25-foot train, and lighting and projections that replicated the burning of Rome. With James Conlon on the podium, the production starred tenor Russell Thomas as Emperor Titus.
New production made possible with generous support from The Carol and Warner Henry Production Fund for Mozart Operas; GRoW @ Annenberg; and The Emanuel Treitel Senior Citizen Fund.