Boston University College of Fine Arts Presents La Clemenza di Tito
UPDATE: Tickets for Friday’s performance will be honored at the two remaining performances: Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 21 at 2pm. Please bring Friday tickets to the BU Theatre box office for ticket exchange. Thank you.
Boston, MA – The School of Music Opera Institute and the School of Theatre at Boston University College of Fine Arts present La Clemeza di Tito, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s penultimate opera — April 18-21, 2013. Read the recent BU Today article.
La Clemeza di Tito
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer
Caterino Mazzolá after Pietro Metastasio, librettist
William Lumpkin, conductor Daniel Pelzig, guest stage director
Dates and Times: Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 21, 2013
Venue: Boston University Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA)
Box Office: 617.933.8600 or bostontheatrescene.com
(Tickets: $20 general public; $15 BU Alumni, WBUR and WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, and senior citizens; $5 students with valid ID. Two free tickets with BU ID at the door. Free Admission with Military ID).
La Clemenza di Tito is driven by paranoia and manipulation which culminates in a conflicted ruler’s struggle to discover the greater power of mercy over revenge. Battling allegiances and sexual manipulation constitute the tale — a determined and seductive Vitellia casts her sights on the Emperor Tito, but turns incensed when Tito chooses to marry someone else, charging her devoted admirer, Sesto, to assassinate the emperor, to whom Sesto is a devout confidant.
“From loyalty to manipulation to forgiveness, Mozart’s profound score is an immaculate representation of the volatile and intense interrelationships amongst the six characters in the story,” said William Lumpkin, Acting Director and Associate Professor of Music at the School of Music Opera Institute at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, and conductor for the production of La Clemenza di Tito.
Forced to choose between his allegiance to his friend and leader, and his passion for the mesmerizing Vitellia, Sesto sets forth on a course of destructiveness, proving to be the ultimate test of the benevolent Tito’s capacity for forgiveness.
Commissioned in 1791 to celebrate the coronation of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor as King of Bohemia, La Clemenza di Tito would prove to be Mozart’s final operatic composition; Mozart died later that same year. In BU’s homage to the time and place — and in the spirit of Mozart — Bu has steeped the production in the style and sensibilities of Prague in 1791, infusing it with contemporary design elementes reflective of the story’s poignancy in today’s society.