MSU Opera Theatre presents a dramatic finish to the 2019-2020 season

Posted at 8:56 AM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 23:51:20-05

LANSING, Mich. — The MSU Opera Theatre presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus) in four outstanding performances at Fairchild Theatre [] in the MSU Auditorium. The opera, written in the final year of Mozart’s life, dramatizes the story of Roman emperor Titus, who ruled from 79 to 81 CE. Performances on the MSU campus will be Wednesday, March 18th, Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22nd.

The story of Emperor Titus is one of deceit, confusion and forgiveness. A young ruler, Titus finds himself up against jealous nobility, treacherous friends and a plot to have him assassinated. He wrestles with whether he will grant clemency to the friends that betrayed him, or have each one executed for their crimes.

This opera production, part of the Worthington Family Foundation Opera Season, is directed by Melanie Helton [] and conducted by Daniel Beckwith. Helton, soprano and Professor of Voice at MSU, has directed the award-winning MSU Opera Theatre for 19 years. This is Beckwith’s 5th appearance with MSU Opera Theatre, having conducted at the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, San Francisco Opera and many more worldwide. The production is sung in Italian with English surtitles, and will be accompanied by the MSU Symphony Orchestra.

“La Clemenza di Tito is the story of a ruler torn between the consequences of betrayal and the benefits of mercy,” Helton says. “The production is updated to current-day Rome, and is particularly relevant in making the case for a leader whose decisions are led from kindness and understanding, and who puts the welfare of his people first and foremost.”

Generously sponsored by Dr. James M. Miller and Dr. Rebecca H. Lehto. Also sponsored by “Dinner and a Concert” from the State Room Restaurant inside Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, where patrons can show their MSU Opera tickets on the same date of the event, before or after the performance, and receive 15% off of their meal.

Reserved seating: $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $7 for students and those under 18 with valid ID, and are available from the College of Music box office—in person at the Music Building, Room 102, 333 W. Circle Drive or over the phone at (517) 353-5340—online at, or at the door one hour before the show.

Tickets and more information can be found at: [].

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