Annemie Augustijns
Annemie Augustijns


JEREMY OVENDEN as Titus at the Vienna Festwochen

In Milo Rau's first opera treatment, Emperor Tito’s well-wishing commitment degenerates into a strategy of sheer self-preservation, an empty revolutionary platitude. Together with eighteen people who live in Vienna and have partly themselves experienced repressive regimes, the Camerata Salzburg and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Rau undertakes an actualisation of Mozart’s last opera. While crowds of displaced persons are eking out their existence in a trailer park ghetto outside of the palace walls, the social elite are celebrating their own benevolence. Is it possible for political art to change the world? Or does it, in fact, only reinforce the status quo? The Festwochen artistic director’s controversial Mozart interpretation calls convenient social commitment into question while at the same time paying homage to the people of Vienna.

Jeremy Ovenden, who was already seen in Vienna in 2019 as Titus at the Theater an der Wien and helped shape Milo Rau's production last year at the Flemish Opera in Antwerp and Ghent as well as at the Luxembourg Grand Théâtre, will also take on the title role of Mozart's last opera on these four evenings at the Vienna Festival, conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock.

JEREMY OVENDEN | Mozart: La clemenza di Tito - "Del più sublime soglio"
JEREMY OVENDEN | Mozart: La clemenza di Tito - "Del più sublime soglio"

21 | 22 | 24 | 25 May 2024
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Wiener Festwochen
Museumquartier | Halle E