In 'La clemenza di Tito', which together with 'The Magic Flute' represents the last of Mozart's operas, the composer returns, after a long detour through comic opera and Singspiel, to the opera seria. This opera was a commission to mark the coronation of the Austrian emperor Leopold II as king of Bohemia. Mozart wrote it in barely two months, with the help of his student Süßmayr, who was responsible for a large part of the recitatives. Despite the short deadline and being a commission, the work nevertheless displays Mozart's artistic spontaneity.
Director Michael Hampe sets La clemenza in a context of temporal shifting between present and past. For this performance of Mozart's last Italian opera, a charismatic cast has been assembled under the direction of baroque expert Stefano Montanari. As a specialist in the lyric Mozart repertoire, Lothar Odinius appears as Tito and the Swedish soprano Agneta Eichenholz plays the vengeful Vitellia. The role of the young nobleman Sesto will be sung by the young Russian mezzosoprano Anna Goryachova.