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12/4/2012

Introduction to La Clemenza di Tito

La clemenza di Tito

What's it all about? 

La clemenza di Tito is an opera seria that Mozart loosely based off the life of the benevolent Roman emperor Titus (Tito), an emperor known for his generosity and compassion.

After deposing the previous emperor, Vitellius, Emperor Tito is dismayed to learn that his new political office doesn't allow him to marry his foreign lover, Berenice. Instead, the new ruler must cement his reign by marrying a woman of Rome. Begrudgingly, he decides to marry the beautiful Servilia, sister to his best friend Sesto but unbeknownst to him, Servilia is in love with the young Annio! 

Meanwhile, Tito's matrimonial bait-and-switch enrages Vitellia, the daughter of the Emperor Vitellius, who believes she deserves to be his wife. Vitellia convinces Sesto (who is in love with her) to murder Tito and burn the Capitol to avenge her honour!

Throw in the fact that there are not one, but two trouser roles in the two love triangles and you have the complicated web that is La clemenza di Tito

Why is it special?

La clemenza di Tito was one of the last pieces that Mozart completed before his sudden death in 1791. While the opera was frequently performed after Mozart's passing, it fell out of favour in the early 19th century and it wasn't until the mid-20th century that the opera became popular again. The current consensus is that La clemenza di Tito is one of Mozart's late masterpieces.

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10/29/2012

Final Stretch for Die Fledermaus!

"Time to break out the champagne! Die Fledermaus is a rich, racy triumph!" Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star.

It looks like our new production of Die Fledermaus is a great hit with critics and audiences alike! But don't fret, there are still three performances of Strauss's satirical operetta left. The best dates for availability are October 30 and November 1. Pick a night and choose your own Adele! We still have one performance left with Ambur Braid on November 1, and Mireille Asselin performs October 30 and on our final performance on November 3. If that wasn't enough of an incentive, come frocked in your Fledermaus finery on October 30 while we host a costume meetup on Ring 3 during intermission. There are still many ways to join the party!

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10/25/2012

A fresh Fledermaus! Debus and Alden Discuss Strauss's Gem

by Suzanne Vanstone, Senior Communications Manager, Editorial at the Canadian Opera Company

Die Fledermaus has not been seen by COC audiences since 1991, so we are very excited to bring a new production of Johann Strauss II’s intoxicating concoction to our stage. Although this is a piece chock full of madcap antics, mistaken identities and charming waltzes, it is also infused with dark humour and human foibles. Our creative and musical team explores all these aspects to offer a fresh perspective on Strauss’s popular operetta. COC Music Director Johannes Debus and director Christopher Alden take inspiration from each other. 

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001