Mozart’s final Italian opera, La Clemenza di Tito, features a charismatic cast conducted by Baroque specialist Harry Bicket and led by Giuseppe Filianoti as the title character, a Roman emperor. Barbara Frittoli is the vengeful Vitellia, daughter of a deposed ruler, whose plan to assassinate Tito is complicated by her romance with the young nobleman Sesto, sung by Elīna Garanča. Kate Lindsey and Lucy Crowe co-star as the young lovers Annio and Servilia. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s stylized production is one of the legendary director’s most acclaimed stagings.
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Lynn Marie Laufenberg, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Medieval & Renaissance Studies program at Sweet Briar College (Amherst, VA). Her research and teaching focus on the cultural and legal history of Renaissance Italy. She has collaborated with Speak! (and its earlier incarnation, Ecco Italy) for nearly a decade.
This year’s MET opera lecture series is being organized by Speak! Language Center and The Paramount’s Classical Sponsor Circle. An elegant haven for foreign language and culture lovers located just a few blocks from The Paramount, Speak! offers a variety of dynamic conversational-cultural language programs in French, Italian, Spanish, German, ESL and 8 other tongues, for adults and children. Why Speak! and opera? Well, not only do they offer an entertaining and popular learn-Italian-thru-opera course (now enrolling!), but Speak! also leads travel programs to Italy for opera lovers! A Verdi-themed trip to the Veneto is planned for July 11-22, 2013 – register and find out more about all Speak! programs at speaklanguagecenter.com or by calling (434) 245-8255.