Spend Saturday morning in Rome

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Spend Saturday morning in Rome

MET to broadcast Mozart’s ‘La Clemenza di Tito’
Barbara Frittoli as Vitellia and Elina Garanca as Sesto in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito,” taken during a Nov. 13 rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Some details about Tito/Titus

Eighteenth century Europeans revered the Roman Emperor Titus for his legendary calm leadership style. But we live in the 21st century and take a more balanced, if not more skeptical, view of leaders.

A few historical details about Titus might be in order. Before he became emperor, Titus was part of a new line of military men who founded a Roman dynasty. The Flavian era began with Vespasian in 69 CE.

In 70 CE, General Titus Flavius Vespasianus marched on Jerusalem.

His army embarked on a campaign to crush a Jewish revolt. Roman soldiers sacked and destroyed the Second Temple and carried off its sacred treasures. When the army returned to Rome, they displayed their spoils along with captives in a triumphal procession.

If you question this, go to Rome and walk under the Arch of Titus, erected in 81 CE. by Titus’s brother, Domitian. He succeeded Titus as emperor and put up the arch to commemorate the campaign and seal his brother’s place in history. It’s one of the earliest Triumphal Arches in the Roman Forum.

Sorry to be a wet blanket, but an alternate opera came to mind while writing this preview. “La Brutalite di Tito” sounds right.

Forgive me, but I teach this stuff at Fort Lewis College.



Judith Reynolds

If you go

The MET: Live in HD will present Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito,” at 10:55 a.m. Saturday in the Vallecito Room of the Fort Lewis College Student Union. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $23 for seniors, students and MET members, available online at www.durangoconcerts.com, by phone at 247-7657 or at the Welcome Center at Eighth Street and Main Avenue, and at the door. Running time: three hours.

Spend Saturday morning in Rome

Barbara Frittoli as Vitellia and Elina Garanca as Sesto in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito,” taken during a Nov. 13 rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
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