La Clemenza di Tito from the Aix-en-Provence Festival 2011
Thursday 19th January 2012 at 14.00 uk time on BBC radio 3
image from the Aix Festival website. Pascal Victor / ArtcomArt
Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito, opera seria in two acts, K. 621
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This performance of Mozart’s final opera was given as part of the London Symphony Orchestra’s eighteen day residency at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Synopsis from the Festival
Titus ….. Gregory Kunde (tenor), Vitellia ….. Carmen Giannattasio (soprano), Sesto ….. Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Annio ….. Anna Stephany (mezzo-soprano), Servilia ….. Amel Brahim-Djelloul (soprano), Publio ….. Darren Jeffery (bass),
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor).
The imposing gateway into Aix town hall
I was lucky enough to be in Aix in 2010. I was unlucky enough to miss the Festival completely. Aix itself is a charming town with wonderful architecture, extraordinary fountains, green spaces, buzzing markets and many attractions to tempt the tourist – especially those wishing to shop! I was in the company of a local person and so found the Théâtre de l’Archevêché (tucked away in a courtyard and not what I expected) where many of the operas, including this Clemenza di Tito, are staged. Here is a virtual tour. If you locate the gated archway just beyond the pros arch upstage left – that’s as far as I got and taking photos at such a weird angle was not successful. But here are some interesting photos, taken by an opera lover from near Aix, of some renovation work being done last year.
* Here is a link to the theatre if you would like to learn more. *
* Here is the page for this production* * History of the Festival *
* Videos from the 2011 Festival * Videos from previous years*
* Wiki information about this opera*
* Free scores from IMSLP*
This year’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 10 – 15 July 2012 – Programme
By the way, if you do ever find yourself in Aix you MUST try callison - a marzipan-like confectionary made of sweet almonds and preserved fruits and a speciality of the area.
Opera and sweet delights – perfect!