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Mozart: La Clemenza Di Tito / Graham, Minutillo, Cambreling

Mozart / Graham / Minutillo / Bracht / Naglestad
Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 942  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Roland BrachtSusan GrahamHannah MinutilloCatherine Naglestad,   ... 
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera ChorusParis National Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Stage Directors: Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann

REGIONS: All Regions
PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
APPROX RUN TIME: 212 Minutes
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: English/French/German/Spanish/Italian
NO OF DISCS: 2

Commissioned for the coronation of Leopold II in Prague, Mozart’s last opera is a deep, humane reflection on relationships, power and forgiveness. With the composition of some of the most beautiful passages in his oeuvre, Mozart has succeeded in giving this opera seria both a noble sobriety and transparent instrumentation, to which this commanding production by the Hermann partnership does full justice on all levels. Susan Graham’s most extraordinary Sesto and
Read more Christoph Prégardien’s superb Tito set the standard for this riveting Opéra national de Paris performance, conducted by the outstanding Sylvain Cambreling.

Special Features:
* A Masterpiece Revisited - a documentary film by Reiner E. Moritz, including interviews with Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann, Sylvain Cambreling, Susan Graham, Christoph Prégardien, Hannah Ester Minutillo, Ekaterina Siurina, Catherine Naglestad & Gerard Mortier
* Illustrated Synopsis & Cast Gallery

REVIEWS:

"Captured live at the Palais Garnier last summer, this is a spectacularly good production of Mozart's final opera, with a libretto by Metastasio. Set during the Roman Empire, this tight, two-act work depicts a ruler, Titus, who overwhelms his subjects, courtiers and kin with a generous, forgiving spirit... Particular praise goes to American mezzo Susan Graham, in the "trouser" role of Sesto, for capturing the full drama of a young man torn between love of a manipulative woman and loyalty to his emperor. The orchestra and chorus of the Opéra National de Paris are crisp and full-sounding under the direction of Sylvain Cambreling. .. This two-disc set contains a comprehensive, 60-minute documentary that includes all of the main people in the production." - John Terauds, Toronto Star

"Susan Graham is a riveting Sesto, his passion rendered in vivid declamation, a vast range of vocal color and genuine virtuosity. Catherine Nagelstad is no less compelling as Vitellia, with a gorgeous and elegantly inflected soprano if not the last word in coloratura clarity." - Dallas Morning News

"An evening of overwhelming beauty." - Le Monde

"Everybody was taken by the warmth and the emotion in Susan Graham’s voice as well as her breathtaking acting." - Le Figaro
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Works on This Recording

1. La clemenza di Tito, K 621 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Roland Bracht (Baritone), Susan Graham (Mezzo Soprano), Hannah Minutillo (Mezzo Soprano),
Catherine Naglestad (Soprano), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Chorus,  Paris National Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague 

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