This new production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito directed by Fabio Ceresa with sets designed by Gary McCann premiered at the Opéra de Lausanne on March 18.

The design combines an ancient Roman aesthetic with a 1930s Modernist look. At the beginning of the production, a new monument of Tito is being made in bronze. It then joins a pantheon of nine other monuments in the Palace interior. After the burning of Rome, the statues have fallen or are partly buried under the ash. “In effect,” Gary McCann tells Scenography Today, “we chronicle the way men try to immortalize themselves, and the struggles they face being humans in a god-like position of power.”

Director Fabio Ceresa, set and costume designer Gary McCann, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, assistant director Mattia Agatiello, assistant costume designer Gabriella Ingram.