The broken emperor

Interview with Bo Skovhus

By Marion Mirande 08 October 2018

© Elena Bauer / OnP

Barbara Hannigan et Bo Skovhus lors de la création de Bérénice de Michael Jarrell, Palais Garnier, 2018

At the opera, Titus is best known as the magnanimous hero of Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito". In "Bérénice", Michael Jarrell's world première, based on Racine and directed by Claus Guth, we discover the man he was before becoming emperor. Bo Skovhus, who sings Titus, talks to us about the psychology of this role and the score that breaks with the strict musicality of the tragedy's Alexandrines. After Siegfried, nocturne in 2013 in Geneva, this is the second time the baritone has created a work by the Swiss composer.

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