[Met Performance] CID:330216
La Clemenza di Tito {29} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/3/1997.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 3, 1997


LA CLEMENZA DI TITO {29}
Mozart-Mazzolà

Tito.......................Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Vitellia...................Carol Vaness
Sesto......................Anne Sofie von Otter
Servilia...................Heidi Grant Murphy
Annio......................Angelika Kirchschlager
Publio.....................John Cheek
Berenice...................Hillary Brook

Conductor..................James Levine

Production.................Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Designer...................Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Lighting designer..........Gil Wechsler
Stage Director.............Paul Mills

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Before taking his winter break, Levine returned to form in a revival of the
Ponnelle staging of "La Clemenza di Tito." From the first crashing chords of the overture, it was clear that something important was afoot. The rescue of this opera from the shadows is one of Levine's great accomplishments. The performance on December 3 was just about sold out, thanks no doubt to the quality of the cast, which was headed by Anne Sofie von Otter as Sesto and Carol Vaness as Vitellia. To a degree, the popularity of this opera in New York had been won by Troyanos, and no greater tribute can be given Otter than the truth that she was, in a different way (for while Troyanos was all passion, she was a Roman nobleman), a satisfactory replacement. Vaness was back in her own repertory, where her wind-instrument voice sounds to greatest effect, and she boldly sang full voice all the way down in the "petto." Angelika Kirchschlager made her Met debut as Annio, and was superb; she clearly could do Sesto, too, and much else. Heidi Grant Murphy's Servilia was a bit pinched at the beginning and did not blend well with Otter, but she opened up with beautiful clarity in "S'alto che lagrime." The only weakness was Anthony Rolfe Johnson's Tito, which was strained to the point of provoking worry.



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