Acqua Alta / High Tide, Artist Fabio Viale, Courtesy Galleria Poggiali, Photo Michele Sereni

La clemenza di Tito

1723 May 2021
The performance will last approximately 2 hours 25 minutes
Main Stage
Opera and music

For the first time since 2002, The Royal Opera perform La clemenza di Tito (The Mercy of Titus) – Mozart’s operatic portrayal of a society threatened by change, control and intrigue. This new production by Richard Jones, pared-down for our times, highlights how the opera’s themes of political scheming but also mercy are just as resonant in modern society as they were in the original Ancient Roman setting.

Mark Wigglesworth conducts one of Mozart’s most striking scores, which includes stunning arias to be performed by a fine young cast including Nicole Chevalier, Emily D'Angelo and former Jette Parker Young Artist Edgaras Montvidas.

Production information

This production has been rehearsed, staged, and performed within strict COVID-safe conditions. To ensure the safety of artists and creative teams, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, mitigations have included maintaining social distancing in the rehearsal studio, wearing face-coverings and regular testing for all involved. Testing has been administered privately and at no expense to the NHS. Scenes that are particularly physical or that involve closer proximity have been minimised, risk-assessed and rehearsed only on stage.

Image: Acqua Alta / High Tide, Artist Fabio Viale, Courtesy Galleria Poggiali, Photo Michele Sereni

Approximate running times
Act I: 55 minutes
Interval: 25 minutes
Act II: 1 hour 5 minutes
Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Cast sheets

Due to socially-distanced seating we are only able to offer a limited number of single seats, which have now sold out. All productions will be streamed on ROH Stream, and we look forward to being able to offer more seating options in the 2021/22 Season. We apologise for any inconvenience.


There will be a livestream of the performance on 21 May. Watch via ROH Stream.

Season Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

Generous philanthropic support from

Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis and the Friends of Covent Garden

Streaming generously supported by

The Foyle Foundation



Enraged that the emperor Titus has not chosen her as his bride, Roman noblewoman Vitellia persuades Titus’s best friend Sextus (who is in love with her) to assassinate the Emperor. Sextus engulfs the Capitol of Rome in flames, but in the confusion attempts to kill the wrong man.

Sextus is arrested and refuses to implicate Vitellia. Titus, however, cannot bring himself to condemn his best friend to death, and is about to pardon Sextus when Vitellia admits her guilt and her motive. Titus forgives her as well, and all join to celebrate the redemptive power of his clemency.


DirectorRichard Jones

Set and costume designerUltz

Lighting designerAdam Silverman

Movement directorSarah Fahie

Main Stage

There is no lift and step-free access to the auditorium for tickets that use doors 1D, 2D, 3E and 4E due to maintenance work. Wheelchair and companion seats are still available on level 6 (door 6F) and in the Stalls Circle. Step-free access to the left hand side of the auditorium is subject to delay due to only one lift being in operation.

The Orchestra Stalls are reached by a minimum of nine steps. Seats in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

If you have concerns about how our COVID-19 safety measures and current maintenance work may affect your access requirements, please contact



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