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Il Giustino

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Dec
08
Opera in 3 acts represented in the concert version
Libretto by Pariati adapted from Nicolò Beregan
Duration: 2h40
Incl. 1 intermission
CHF: 21.00 - 135.00
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A typically Venetian drama, Il Giustino weaves a poetic picture where love, war, eroticism, violence, visions and performance mingle…

Corrupt emperors, virtuous peasants, heroic passions and surprising turns of events remind us of historic events of the Byzantine Empire. The libretto was written in 1683, a year marked by the Ottoman siege of Vienna. Vivaldi probably knew about this period in history, which brought to mind the defence of the Holy Empire as well as the lives of Justinian and Theodora – the most famous imperial couple of the Byzantine period. Perhaps he had also appreciated the fact that Justinian’s predecessor, an emperor of modest origins, had authorised high-ranking people to marry the women in charge of entertaining them. Justinian was therefore able to marry Theodora, an actress and courtesan. For the composer, what did the musical performance of this already ancient libretto mean, when he left Venice, the city of his birth, to seek his fortune in Rome? Vivaldi wanted to prove his music’s notoriety, and even if his stay in Rome did not have any repercussions on his career, Il Giustino remains a tribute to his previous work and a declaration of his faith in the future. Deprived of the presence of the famous castrato Farinelli, this opera was nonetheless a dazzling success. This exemplary token of the composer’s sense of drama benefits from the brilliant interpretation by Ottavio Dantone and the Accademia Bizantina.

Delphine Galou
Giustino
Ottavio Dantone
Direction & Clavecin
Accademia Bizantina

Il Giustino, RV 717
Opera in 3 acts represented in the concert version
Libretto by Pariati adapted from Nicolò Beregan
Created during the 1724 carnival at Teatro Capranica, Rome
Edition by Reinhard Strohm Critical edition of the Italian Institute A. Vivaldi of the G. Foundation. Cini di Venezia and Casa Ricordi, Milan

Giustino
Delphine Galou
Arianna
Emöke Barath
Anastasio
Silke Gäng
Leocasta
Ana Maria Labin
Vitaliano
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Amantio
Arianna Vendittelli
Andronico / Polidarte / voce di Vitaliano
Alessandro Giangrande
Direction & Clavecin
Ottavio Dantone

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