La Clemenza di Tito

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PreviousDecember 2019

Dramma serio per musica in two acts (1791)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Pietro Metastasio

In Italian language with German surtitles
New production of the Theater an der Wien


Vitellia, the daughter of the previous emperor, sees herself as the real heiress of the dominion over Rome, but now Tito is emperor - and he makes no effort to at least introduce her into her dignity as empress by marrying her. Much worse, he loves a stranger, a barbarian, Queen Berenice of Judea. Vitellia is determined to come to power herself through an uprising. Sesto, a close friend of Tito's, has made her fall in love and demands that he overthrow and kill Tito. Sesto hesitates, because he is convinced, like everyone else, of Tito's qualities as a ruler. But his longing for Vitellia's love prevails, he prepares rebellion and murder. As soon as he has left to strike, Vitellia hears that Tito has broken off his engagement to Berenice, for the Romans do not tolerate a foreign empress. Vitellia believes that now she will surely become Tito's bride and cancels the rebellion. But she was wrong: Tito chooses Servilia, Sestos sister, to pay tribute to his friend's family. Again, Vitellia sees herself withdrawn and incites Sesto again to rebellion and murder, which is now even more difficult for him, but again his love for Vitellia gains the upper hand over his friendship with Tito. In the meantime, however, Servilia has confessed to the emperor that her heart belongs to Annio, and Tito renounces her, he wants to reward her sincerity. His choice finally falls on Vitellia, but Sesto can't get her back. The rebellion is in full swing, and Sesto commits an assassination attempt - but the one he pricks in the dark is not the emperor. Tito lives, and Sesto is arrested as a murderer. He does not betray Vitellia's intrigue in interrogation by the emperor. Nevertheless, the emperor secretly decides to spare Sestos life, rather to scold him for too much leniency than for too much cruelty. Finally, Vitellia struggles to tell the truth in order to save Sestos life, which he was willing to give for her. Tito is amazed at the infidelity of the people he thought were his friends, but nevertheless decides to forgive everyone. He renounces marriage.

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The New Opera House is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “season” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.

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