NEW YORK – For its first mainstage production of the season, the acclaimed Manhattan School of Music (MSM) Opera Theater presents four performances of La clemenza di Tito, Mozart’s 1791 opera of jealousy, passion, betrayal, and forgiveness. The period production, conducted by MSM Director of Orchestral Activities George Manahan and directed by MSM Artistic Director of Opera Studies Dona D. Vaughn, will be sung in Italian.

“I’m thrilled that we are staging Mozart's final opera,” said Ms. Vaughn. “I have long loved this opera with its complex characters and transporting music.”

La clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus), one of Mozart’s last operatic works, was completed just a few months before the great composer’s death. It was the first of his operas to be performed in London, where it premiered at His Majesty’s Theatre in 1806. The work was not produced on these shores until 1952, when it received its North American premiere at the Tanglewood Music Hall in the Berkshires.

“Although occasionally underrated as a somewhat stilted opera seria and charged with being a bit of a ‘rush job’ – Mozart wrote it over the course of three weeks while working on The Magic Flute – this criticism is entirely unfair,” said Mr. Manahan. “La clemenza di Tito is in fact full of the beauty and genius that characterize Mozart’s best operatic work, and I very much look forward to MSM having the opportunity to breathe collective life into this radiant work.”

MSM Opera Theater is known for programming operas that are “the most intriguing of any New York conservatory” (New York Times), and the conservatory’s opera program is widely hailed as one of the foremost in the world. MSM attracts talented young singers from the United States and more than forty other countries.

Tickets for La clemenza di Tito are $30 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. More information about purchasing tickets can be found online at

For more information, please contact:

Caryn Toriaga | Manager of Public Relations
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Libretto by Caterino Mazzolà
Performed in Italian

George Manahan, Conductor
Dona D. Vaughn, Director

Thursday, December 8, 6 PM, Miller Recital Hall
Gordon Ostrowski, Moderator
Free, tickets not required

Thursday–Saturday, December 8–10, 7:30 PM, Neidorff-Karpati Hall
Sunday, December 11, 2:30 PM, Neidorff-Karpati Hall
$30 adults, $15 seniors/students | Tickets available online at


Recognized as one of the foremost opera training programs in the world, Manhattan School of Music’s opera program attracts some of the most talented young singers from the United States and more than forty other countries. Students refine their technique and develop their artistry under the guidance of a faculty of eminent artist-teachers while gaining exposure before New York City audiences.

Headed by Dona D. Vaughn, Artistic Director, the program is internationally known for its excellence. Each year two fully staged productions are presented, which span the classical and contemporary repertoire. Praised by the New York Times for its significant contribution to operatic life in New York, Manhattan School of Music has a long and proud tradition of producing some of the finest artists singing throughout the world today.


Founded as a settlement music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today Manhattan School of Music is recognized for its 950 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; a world-renowned artist-teacher faculty; and innovative curricula. The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing postgraduate studies.

Offering both classical and jazz training – and, beginning in fall 2016, a Bachelor's degree program in musical theater – MSM grants Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as the Professional Studies Certificate and Artist Diploma. Additionally, true to MSM's origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to young musicians between the ages of five and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.