La Clemenza di Tito: A Retelling
Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th
March 1, 2, 4 2018
I’m conducting this performance of Mozart’s La Clemenza Di Tito this weekend. It has been a thrill to learn this music which was unknown to me before I accepted this job. BUT…when I was a kid we had a VHS of The Marriage of Figaro which I watched all the time, over and over. I couldn’t get enough and eventually I bought with my own money a copy of the Marriage of Figaro full score (my first score) and followed along with the score and the video as a 10 year-old just tripping on Mozart’s music. My second score was the Magic Flute. So I have this sort of deep early influence in Mozart’s opera-writing. This opera has some amazing music in it and is much lesser known than his other repertoire operas. The cast is fantastic and the orchestra is fantastic and I succeed conducting only by their grace. Thank you, my friends.
Oh, yeah I arranged the thing too. I had to reduce the entire opera’s orchestration down to just piano, violin, cello, and clarinet (who doubled on Basset Horn!) This is my second opera to reduce like this. I did and arrangement of Verdi’s MacBeth for Gertrude Opera in Melbourne, Australia last year. Anyway, come see the show!