La clemenza di Tito

La clemenza di Tito is an Opera Seria composed specially by Mozart in celebration of the coronation of Leopold II of Augsburg as King of Bohemia on November 15, 1790 at Pressburg. The opera was prepared in time for its debut at the National Theatre of Prague on 6 September 1791. In homage to the illuminated sovereign, the choice went to a solemn theme, put to verse in 1737 for Charles VI, the grandfather of Leopold, and previously set to music at least forty times. But times and musical tastes had changed, and the old and venerated libretto by Metastasio was subjected to a revision by the poet Caterino Mazzolà on the specific request of Mozart. It was reduced from three acts to two, freed of many recitatives, and the transformation of a number of arias into ensemble pieces. The result is a masterpiece in which the stylised characters of the late baroque opera once again come to life, and the protagonist Titus emerges even further in his status as a sovereign who is wise and totally devoted to public good.

Program and cast


Conductor: Federico Maria Sardelli

Director: Willy Decker

Sets and costumes: John Macfarlane

Lights: Hans Toelstede

Tito Vespasiano: Antonio Poli

Vitellia: Roberta Mameli

Servilia: Silvia Frigato

Sesto: Giuseppina Bridelli

Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Chrous Master Lorenzo Fratini

Staged by Opéra National de Paris

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March 2019

Teatro del Maggio

Teatro del Maggio is in the centre, close to the old city walls, next to the historic Stazione Leopolda. The garden that welcomes visitors is Piazzale Vittorio Gui, named after the founder of the Stabile Orchestrale Fiorentina and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

By train
Santa Maria Novella is Florence's main train station.
From there you can reach the theatre with a short walk (about 10-15 minutes) or by taking the tram (a stop) or a taxi.

By car
The Opera di Firenze is just outside the ZTL area.
It is possible to park near the Parco delle Cascine or for a fee in the Porta al Prato car park (Via Elio Gabbuggiani, 7) and in the Piazza Vittorio Veneto car park.

By bus
Lines C1, C2 and D (Leopolda stop);
Lines 17 and 23A-B (stop Via delle Carra);
Lines 17B-C, 22, 23N, 23 and 57 (Pierluigi da Palestrina stop);
Lines 29, 29B, 29BA, 29BC, 29D, 30A, 30B, 30AC, 35 and 35° (stop Leopolda - Porta al Prato; Capolinea).

By tram
Line T1 (stop Porta al Prato - Parco della musica).

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