Alessandro Severo

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Alessandro Severo (Alexander Severus, HWV A13) is an opera by George Frideric Handel composed in 1738. It is one of Handel's three pasticcio works,[1] made up of the music and arias of his previous operas Giustino, Berenice and Arminio. Only the overture and recitatives (as well as the words) were new.

Performance history[edit]

Alessandro Severo was not a success at its premiere under the direction of the composer on 25 February 1738 at the King's Theatre, London.[2]


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 25 February 1738
Sallustia soprano Elisabeth Duparc, "La Francesina"
Claudio soprano Margherita Chimenti, "La Droghierina"
Giulia contralto Antonia Merighi
Eurilla mezzo-soprano Maria Antonia Marchesini, "La Lucchesina"
Alessandro mezzo-soprano castrato Caffarelli
Marziano bass Antonio Montagnana


The opera is based upon the story of the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus.


  1. ^ Hicks, Anthony, "Handel With Care" (November 1993). The Musical Times, 134 (1809): pp. 639-642.
  2. ^ Hume, Robert D., "Handel and Opera Management in London in the 1730s" (October 1986). Music & Letters, 67 (4): pp. 347-362.