La clemenza di Tito

Grieg Hall Edvard Griegs plass 1, 5015 Bergen Saturday March 13 2021

13 March, 18.00; 15 March, 19.00; 17 March, 19.00; 19 March, 19.00


Mozart’s beautiful last opera is set in Rome, and explores the appalling jealousies, ambitions and desperate love affairs during the reign of the emperor Tito. Rome burns, and Sesto, a young man driven by obsessive love for Vitellia the would-be empress, is accused of the crime. But Tito decides on mercy rather than the exercise of power.

The opera has profound relevance to current times, and its miraculous music tells a powerful story. Director Rodula Gaitanou explains:

La Clemenza di Tito could not be more pertinent: Who is the leader we want to have in times of crisis? Does power bring people together or isolate? Can we forgive without forgetting?

All these questions seemed relevant a year ago when we were in rehearsals to bring to life Mozart’s masterpiece. But now, after a pandemic has caused chaos, loss, and change, it seems that the contemporary parallels we can draw are striking.

We are determined to connect with you, to bring this piece to you, to make art for you. The show is not going to be what we had envisaged initially. The production has been re-thought and redesigned to be able to accommodate safety protocols. It’s an abstract rendition of the essence of the piece. It’s the naked version of it. Deprived of a specific world, the drama focuses on isolation and broken relationships in both the private and public realms, on all of us humans being on the edge of a personal apocalyptic moment.

Mozart’s work is inspiring. There is light at the end of the tunnel, there is hope both in humanity and in the spirit of community. All of us together, we break and we build again, we persevere and survive, we love in isolation and we come together in creation. We celebrate humanity and we look forward to joyful communions. Soon, together.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Music
Caterino Mazzolà, based on Pietro Metastasio / Libretto

Edvard Grieg Choir and guests
Edward Gardner, Conductor
Rodula Gaitanou, Regi
Cordelia Chrisholm, Costume Design
Simon Corder, with Ivar Skjørestad, Lighting design
Håkon Matti Skrede, Choirmaster
Brother Magnus Tødenes – Tito
Beate Mordal – Vitellia
Adrian Angelico – Sesto
Ingeborg Gillebo – Annio
Christian Valle – Publio
Frøy Hovland Holtbakk – Servilia
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

A new production by Bergen National Opera

Presented by Bergen National Opera and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra