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Patt Morrison moderates a panel discussion at the Getty Villa

The Villa Council Presents is an annual program related to the theme of antiquity made possible by the generous support of the Villa Council. Founded in 2001, the Villa Council is comprised of dedicated supporters of the arts who believe strongly in the mission and goals of the Getty Villa and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The unifying thread among its members is their enthusiasm for the ancient world and a conviction of its continued relevance to our lives today. The Council aims to support a variety of interdisciplinary programs at the Getty Villa, including exhibitions, conservation, education, public programs, and research.

All presentations are free and take place in the Auditorium at the Getty Villa.

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The Quality of Mercy in Imperial Rome, Imperial America, and Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito

Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium, Getty Villa
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Acclaimed opera and theater director Peter Sellars takes inspiration from his new production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito to consider the concept of clemency and its multilayered history, from ancient Roman philosophy to the political landscape of 21st-century America.

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