Opera
Lautten Compagney & Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla e Figli
Berlin & Milan | Germany & Italy

Giustino

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 – 1759)
Opera in three acts
Libretto: unknown, after Niccolo Beregan / Piandro Pariati, 1724
First performance: 1737 in London
Sung in Italian, with German surtitles
Co-production of the Handel Festival Halle, Associazione Grupporiani Milano, Comune di Milano – Cultura Teatro Convenzionato and the Lautten Compagney Berlin.

Photo: Ida Zenna
Photo: Ida Zenna



Early music, ancient craft, stage magic and puppetry all come together to create a most unusual production of George Frideric Handel’s operatic jewel “Giustino”. A joint production of the lautten compagney Berlin and the Carlo Colla e Figli puppet theatre, the opera portrays the wild adventures of Giustino, a country boy who, because of his courageous deeds, wins the crown and the hand of the Emperor’s sister, Leocasta, in marriage. Handel filled the opera with spectacular stage effects, such as tempests at sea and other imaginary creatures, all of which are portrayed through the Baroque language of gesture and puppetry. Composed in 1736/37 in Covent Garden in London, the music is captivating and charming, with thrilling tempi and colourful orchestration.

Cast

Conductor Wolfgang Katschner
Director Eugenio Monti Colla
Technical Director Tiziano Marcolegio
Lighting Franco Citterio
Giustino Owen Willetts
Arianna Fanie Antonelou
Anastasio Margriet Buchberger
Leocasta Julia Böhme
Vitaliano Dávid Szigetvári
Amanzio Shadi Torbey
Polidarte Jaromír Nosek
lautten compagney Berlin

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