|George Frideric Handel|
Giustino (or Justin) (HWV 37) is an opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel. The Italian-language libretto was adapted from Charles VI's court poet Pietro Pariati's libretto for Giustino (1711), after the much older original libretto of Nicolò Beregan (1682). The libretto had already been adapted by many composers including Vivaldi's Giustino of 1724 and Tomaso Albinoni's lost opera of 1711.
The opera was first given at the Covent Garden Theatre in London on 16 February 1737 and on 8 further occasions. It was also performed in Brunswick in August 1741. The first modern performance was in Abingdon on 21 April 1963. The first London performance since Handel's time was in November 1983. It was also produced at the Komische Oper, Berlin by Harry Kupfer in 1985.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 16 February 1737
|Giustino||alto castrato||Domenico Annibali|
|Anastasio||soprano castrato||Gioacchino Conti ("Gizziello")|
|Arianna, widow of the emperor||soprano||Anna Maria Strada del Pò|
|Amanzio||contralto||Maria Caterina Negri|
|Polidarte||bass||Henry Theodore Reinhold|
|La Fortuna||treble||William Savage|
- (1994, Göttingen). Michael Chance, Dorothea Röschmann, Dawn Kotoski, Jennifer Lane, Mark Padmore, Drew Minter, Dean Ely, Juliana Gondek, Freiburger Barockorchester cond. Nicholas McGegan. Harmonia Mundi France HMU 907130.32
- Dean, Winton, "Music in London: Handel Operas" (January 1984). The Musical Times, 125 (1691): pp. 36-37.
- Dean, Winton (2006), Handel's Operas, 1726-1741, Boydell Press, ISBN 1843832682 The second of the two volume definitive reference on the operas of Handel
- Giustino (ii) by Anthony Hicks, in 'The New Grove Dictionary of Opera', ed. Stanley Sadie (London, 1992) ISBN 0-333-73432-7