La clemenza di Tito from Bergen Nasjonale Opera available to view online
This is the whole recording of the live stream of W. A. Mozart's opera La clemenza di Tito in Grieghallen in Bergen 15th of March 2021, with six soloists, Edvard Grieg Kor and Edward Gardner conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (see full credits below.)
You can choose between English and Norwegian subtitles in Settings (Closed Captions).
This opera has profound relevance to current times, and its miraculous music tells a powerful story. Stage 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
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg Kor and guests
A new production by Bergen National Opera
Presented by Bergen National Opera in collaboration with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edvard Grieg Kor
Mary Miller / General and Artistic Director
Rodula Gaitanou / Stage Director
Edward Gardner / Conductor
Cordelia Chisholm / Costume Designer
Simon Corder / Lighting Designer
Ivar Skjørestad / Lighting Designer Associate
Håkon Matti Skrede / Chorus Master
Bror Magnus Tødenes / Tito
Beate Mordal / Vitellia
Adrian Angelico / Sesto
Ingeborg Gillebo / Annio
Frøy Hovland Holtbakk / Servilia
Christian Valle / Publio