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Jean-Pierre Ponnelle was in great part responsible for making the musical
world aware of the true importance of Mozart's last opera "La Clemenza di
Tito" and for the fact that the opera is now regularly performed all over
the world. He created a television version of his Salzburg Festival
production of this work, an "opera seria" which Mozart composed in 1791 for
the coronation of Emperor Leopold II in Prague. Ponnelle makes use of the
wonderful gardens and ruins of Hadrian's Villa, the Thermae of Caracalla
and Rome's Forum Romanum not because of their authenticity, but because of
their unique atmospheric quality. The humanity of Mozart's characters is
fully expressed thanks to the conductor James Levine and the outstanding
cast of singer-actors led by the grandiose Tatiana Troyanos as Sextus and
Eric Tappy as a commanding Tito.
||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
||La clemenza di Tito
||Eric Tappy, Carol Neblett, Catherine Malfitano, Tatiana Troyanos, Anne Howells, Kurt Rydl
||Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor