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Il Giustino

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Composer  Giovanni Legrenzi
Librettist  Nicolò Beregan
Il Giustino httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommons22
Premiere  12 February 1683 (1683-02-12) Teatro San Salvador, Venice
Similar  La divisione del mondo, Giustino, Zenobia e Radamisto, Eteocle e Polinice

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Il Giustino is an opera in 3 acts by composer Giovanni Legrenzi. The work uses an Italian language libretto by Nicolò Beregan based on the life of Emperor Justin I. The opera premiered on 12 February 1683 in Venice at the Teatro San Salvador.

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Background and performance history

Considered one of Legrenzi's finest compositions, the work includes more than 70 arias. The opera tells the story of Giustino's rise from the position of a simple poor farmer to being crowned the Byzantine Emperor. For several decades following its 1683 premiere at the Teatro San Salvador, Il Giustino was one of the most widely performed Venetian operas. According to musicologist Reinhard Strohm, its music was still being discussed as late as 1720 in Marcello's Il teatro alla moda.

On April 26, 2007 Il Giustino had its first modern revival at the Schwetzingen Festival in a production directed by Nicolas Brieger with set designer Katrin Nettrod and costume designer Jorge Jara. Musicologist and conductor Thomas Hengelbrock prepared the performance score for the production, and also led the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble in performances of the work. Soprano Elisabeth Kulman led the cast in the title role of Giustino, with Georg Nigl as Ariannas, Cornelia Ptassek as Arianna, Terry Wey as Andronico/Flavia, Delphine Galou as Eufemia, Peter Kennel as Vitaliano, and Hermann Oswald as Amantio.

References

Il Giustino Wikipedia


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