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The 1920s saw the extraordinary rediscovery of a large number of operas composed by Vivaldi, including "Il Giustino".

Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin Mitte
Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin Mitte © visitberlin, Foto Wolfgang Scholvien

The discovery of the manuscripts sheds new light on the oeuvre of Vivaldi, who is best known as a composer of Baroque instrumental music, but is largely unknown as an opera composer. Nearly one hundred imaginative, contrasting arias and recitatives comprise the score, into which Vivaldi artfully wove quotations from earlier works.

Love, war and violence, eroticism, jealousy and intrigue, lust for power, tests of courage and grand visions: With "Il Giustino," Antonio Vivaldi creates an action-packed and affect-laden stage spectacle about the rise of the young peasant Giustino to the top of Roman politics, in which not only Byzantine heroines but also bears, sea monsters and voices speaking from graves have their say.

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Staatsoper Unter den Linden - Apollosaal