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PreviousFebruary 2020

Opera in three acts (1707)
Music by Georg Friedrich Händel
Libretto after Francesco Silvani
Concert performance in Italian language


To defeat oneself is the greatest victory, in Italian: Vincer se stesso è la maggior vittoria is the title of Handel's first dramma per musica Rodrigo. King Rodrigo of Spain has a jealous wife in Esilena and a vengeful ex-lover in Florinda, who has already given birth to a son of his. The former does not stop fighting for his love and peace, and the latter finds in her brother Giuliano and Rodrigo's enemy Evanco ideal allies to attack her former lover. The conspirators beat Rodrigo, but neither Giuliano nor Evanco are allowed to harm him, Florinda wants to take him to the afterlife with her sword. It is Esilena who throws herself between the two at the last second - with Florinda's son in her arms, and Florinda really lets the sword fall, the love for her child triumphs. Rodrigo is reconnected to his Esilena and vacates the throne; Evanco and Florinda look to a happy future and Giuliano takes over the government until hiseffe grows up. So it is not only Rodrigo who has defeated himself. Normally, short biographies about Handel begin in 1709 with his first successful opera Agrippina, to which he owed his first invitation to England. It is also called 1710 - his arrival in the English metropolis - or 1711 - his sensational debut opera Rinaldo - as the start of his incomparable career in London. His previous study trip through Italy is poorly documented. What is certain is that he stayed in Florence, Rome, Naples and Venice, among other places, but it is unclear when exactly.  The history of Rodrigo's origins is also unclear. The Florentine Teatro del Cocomero records a performance in autumn 1707 - whether it was the premiere is not certain. The arranger of the original librettos Il duello d'amore e di vendetta is also unknown, probably the famous librettist Antonio Salvi. It was not until research and finds since the 1970s that the rudimentary material was completed and enabled the first performance to take place again in 1984 at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. 

Program and cast


Thibault Noally
Vivica Exactx
Emöke Baráth
Julia Lezhneva
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Dilyara Idrisova
Anthea Pichanik
Orchestre Les Accents

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To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “season” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

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