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Mozart's last opera

Treachery, guilt and mercy

It’s a story of treachery, guilt and mercy and it’s coming here on our big screen on Thursday 3 August.

La Clemenza di Tito is Mozart’s last opera. Conducted by Robin Ticciati and directed by Claus Guth, it delivers all of the sublime musical beauty and heart-tugging humanity we expect of him. Get your advance tickets here.

Loosely based on the life of the Roman Emperor Titus, La clemenza di Tito distills the suspense of Don Giovanni, the warmth of Le nozze di Figaro, and the nobility of Die Zauberflöte into one powerful parable of love and friendship, vengeance and mercy.

Vitellia’s path to the throne is thwarted by the man who deposed her father, so she presses her admirer, Sesto, to murder him.

Sesto is caught in an agonising dilemma, for the man in question is not only his best friend but also his sovereign.

Driven by love, Sesto does his worst. But in return, receives a lesson in forgiveness.

Read more: A look at Glyndebourne’s new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, which sees renowned German director Claus Guth make his Glyndebourne debut in Festival 2017.

Listen: This summer, Glyndebourne presents only its second ever production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. In this episode of the Glyndebourne podcast, experts including Glyndebourne Music Director Robin Ticciati, classicist William Fitzgerald, Mozart scholar Julian Rushton and Glyndebourne Dramaturg Cori Ellison, explore the work.