Rodula directs La Clemenza di Tito for Bergen National Opera
The production which was cancelled in March 2020 due to the Covid 19 outbreak will premier on the 13th of March 2021.
A note on La Clemenza di Tito
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.
Rodula Gaitanou January 2021