So Much Clemency

Maybe I spoke too soon about being off the hook for finals, but regardless, tonight I’m taking a little break at the Met Opera listening to some Mozart, his 1791 La Clemenza di Tito to be precise.  Luckily, you can listen along thanks to Opera Today, who comes to the rescue with three recordings of live performances of La Clemenza from throughout the ages…

Mezzo Elina Garanča looking great in drag in the Met‘s production as Sesto, a role written for a castrato.

Here’s a 1955 performance from Köln, Germany, with Nicolai Gedda in the title role, followed by a 1976 performance from the Royal Opera House. with Janet Baker as Vitellia.  Lastly, for those who don’t like listening to Italian, you can hear a 2007 performance sung in English, courtesy of the English National Opera.