La Clemenza Di Tito

Music and Opera

About the Production

La Clemenza di Tito was originally commissioned to mark the coronation of Leopold II, Emperor to the Hapsburg Throne, in 1791. Thus, the titular Emperor Tito backdropped by Ancient Rome becomes a medium to discourage the rise of democracy and protect the status quo. Subverting the tradition of opera as a tool for propaganda in the 18th century, Ping Chong directs Tito to marry the original intention of the political opera while laying bare its objective for an audience today consumed by media propaganda and the modern ruling class.

Production Team And Cast

Directed by

Ping Chong


Heinz Fricke

Assistant Director

Juan Carlos Pena

Lighting Design

Randy Ward

Costume Design

Stefani Mar

Costume Shop Manager

Veronica Stevens

Scenic Design

Randy Ward

Stage Manager

Paul Sieveking

Properties Manager

Tim Jones

Program Director

Leon Major

Production Coordinator

Laura Lee Everett

Principal Coach

John Greer

Assistant Coach/Harpsichord

Nino Sanikidze

Rehearsal Accompanists

Pin-Huey Wang and Scott Crowne

Chorus Mistress

Pi-Hua Chuang


Yoonsoo Shin, Dionysia Klavdianou, Aida Baligh, Seung-Hee Han, Heather Johnson, Matthew Osifchin, Hyun Min Lee, Soo Young Chrisfield, Jin-Won Jung, Shawna Avinger, Andrea Hill, Michelle T. Rice, Lee Anne Pokego and Christopher Devage

Performance History


The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Maryland (May 2003)


University of Maryland School of Music

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center