M1500 .M69 C54 2006 DVD
Serious opera in two acts. Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Libretto by Caterino Mazzolá.
Filmed in 1980 among the ruins of ancient Rome, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's stunning production marked the beginning of a renaissance for Mozart's late opera and continues to stand out as one of the finest opera films of all time. James Levine conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in this performance of Mozart's operatic marvel driven by imperial intrigue, fury and forgiveness.
Performers: Eric Tappy (Tito) ; Tatiana Troyanos (Sesto) ; Carol Neblett (Vitellia) ; Anne Howells (Annio) ; Catherine Malfitano (Servilia) ; Kurt Rydl (Publio) ; Wiener Philharmoniker ; James Levine, conductor ; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor ; Walter Hagen-Groll, chorus master ; Philip Eisenberg, harpsichord.
Filmed in Rome at the Baths of Caracalla, the Arch of Titus and at the Villa Adriana in Tivoli, 10 May-16 June, 1980. Sound recording: Vienna, Wien-Film, 6-12 May, 1980.
Sung in Italian; subtitles in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese.
Distributed by Universal Classics (www.universalclassics.com).