Video and audio previews, articles, and more at Lyric's Insider's Guide to La Clemenza di Tito

Below is your guide to Mozart's timeless political thriller La Clemenza di Tito—including including video previews, plot synposis, background articles and interviews, photo gallery, audio guides, and more. This new-to-Lyric production runs March 5–23.

Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito tells the story of passion and power in the Roman Empire. Matthew Polenzani plays the Emperor Tito. Vitellia (Amanda Majeski) is the power-obsessed daughter of the recently deposed emperor. She is determined to have Tito as her husband so she can have the political power that she feels is her right. When Tito chooses to marry another, Vitellia convinces Tito’s best friend Sesto (Joyce DiDonato in a male role), who is obsessed with her, to assassinate the emperor. When the plot fails and the betrayal is revealed, this traitorous couple must face the consequences. Read the full plot synopsis

Watch the official video trailer (above) and a preview with general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis (who is conducting this production), and creative consultant Renée Fleming (below).


(Not Quite) Everything You Want to Know about La Clemenza di Tito

It’s exciting to “discover” an opera that isn’t often performed – especially by a composer as familiar as Mozart. Lyric audiences can do just that with La clemenza di Tito, a tour de force operatic docudrama about the Roman Emperor Titus. Read more.

Power Plays: DiDonato, Polenzani, and Majeski star in La Clemenza di Tito

Political intrigue, spurned overtures, murderous plots, and uncertain consequences—if it sounds like a page out of current primetime television listings, it's just confirmation that human nature is as ever-constant as it was in Mozart's time. Read more.

Joyce DiDonato: The Perfect 21st Century Diva

Audience-loved, critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is making her much-anticipated return to Lyric Opera of Chicago to open Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito – and she can’t say enough about this rarely performed gem that marries a scintillating plot about a Roman political scandal with some of Mozart’s most sublimely beautiful music. Read more
 Clemenza di Tito

LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Discovery Series

Mozart's penultimate opera tosses conflicted characters into a thicket of a plot with music that hints at 19th-century romanticism. Join Matthew Polenzani (Tito), Joyce DiDonato (Sesto), and Sir Andrew Davis as they discuss Mozart's once underappreciated two-act opera seria.

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La Clemenza di Tito Audio Preview

Recordings used by permission of EMI Classics.


La Clemenza di Tito Commentary

La Clemenza di Tito 
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

© 2013/14 Lyric Opera Commentaries

Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of the Salzburger Festspiele. All rights reserved. Post-production services provided by Mark Travis, Producer.


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