Clemenza Comes and Goes

Sticking with the Metropolitan Opera today, NYC PBS stations will be airing this season’s production of Mozart‘s 1791 La Clemenza di Tito tonight at 8:30, with a repeat airing nationwide on  Sunday at noon.

Poster by Karl-Ernst Herrmann

1982 Poster from La Monnaie, Brussels; By Karl-Ernst Herrmann

If you can’t see it tonight, you can revisit my last post on La Clemenza for three free streaming performances courtesy of Opera Today and their collection of streaming audio.

I got the poster elsewhere entirely, by revisiting the digital archives of La Monnaie, which I’ve also mentioned before here.  Definitely a fun resource…  This poster in particular is based on a design by German set designer Karl-Ernst Herrmann.  Coincidentally, La Monnaie will present a new production of La Clemenza next season, a great reminder that these digital archives are the perfect place to see bygone productions…

1982 performance of La Clemenza di Tito at La Monnaie

1982 performance at La Monnaie; Photo by Oliver Herrmann.


In Cuale Ora Bruna?


Finally reviving my “good morning” tag, here’s “Come In Quest’Ora Bruna”, from Verdi‘s Simon Boccanegra at the Met Opera in 1995 as sung by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa:



Just listening to the opening I could’ve sworn it was some sort of dusk or dawn aria, but I couldn’t find any explicit reference to the time for a long time…  But Wikipedia says this first act begins before sunrise though, so guess that settles it.

Also, didn’t know about the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, dedicated to supporting opera singers in her native New Zealand.  Cute!