Sesto, a young patrician: Diana Montague Vitellia, daughter of the deposed Emperor: Ashley Putnam Annio, a young patrician: Martine Mahé Tito, Emperor of Rome: Philip Langridge Servilia, sister of Sesto: Elzbieta Szmytka Publio, captain of the Patrician Guard: Peter Rose
Glyndebourne Chorus London Philharmonic Orchestra Andrew Davis, conductor
Nicholas Hytner, Stage Director Robin Lough, Video Director
Recorded live from the Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1991
Picture format: NTSC 4:3 Sound format: PCM Stereo Region code: 0 Menu Languages: English, German, French, Spanish Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian Running time: 143 mins No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
“The interplay of the characters has never been more purposefully presented, making nonsense of the old idea of this piece as stiff and static.” The Guardian
La Clemenza di Tito was commissioned to celebrate the coronation of the Emperor Leopold II as King of Bohemia in 1791, and was written in eighteen days.
Nicholas Hytner's elegant staging, performed in the original Italian language, was premiered during the Mozart Bicentenary season at Glyndebourne on 28 June 1991. An impressive cast is led by Philip Langridge (Tito), Ashley Putnam (Vitellia) and Diana Montague (Sesto).
New secco recitatives, to replace those written by Mozart’s pupil Süssmayr, were commissioned by Glyndebourne from composer Stephen Oliver for this production. Andrew Davis conducts the LPO. “[Langridge] is tremendously strong and impressive in the emotional twists and turns of the recitative.” The Times
“Central to the dramatic success of the piece is the fire-eating Vitellia of Ashley Putnam [who] seems to eat men alive.” The Guardian
Please note that this disc has been repackaged and re-released in worldwide NTSC format