If the affair between Titus and Berenice has inspired the greatest French dramatists, it is the figure of the Roman emperor, the embodiment of absolute sovereignty, that takes center stage in what was to be Mozart's last opera. Marking a return to the opera seria with its formal constraints, the work deflects expectations and shines with its humanity in a dark clarity that hints at the hidden sadness of the score of an already suffering composer. The high stylization and plasticity of Willy Decker's staging underline the composer's reflection on power where forgiveness and reconciliation are exposed in all their strength and fragility.
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- Original text of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart