Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Il tribunale di Giove (Berlin 1775)
Modern premiere of classicist serenata
The serenata premiered on January 24, 1775, during birthday celebrations for Prussian King Frederick the Great. In the prologue, the allegorical figure Genius of Europe, accompanied by Time, tears off the veil of Fate and asks him who should rule the continent to ensure prosperity and peace. Fate defers to the decision of Jupiter himself and sends them to Olympus. In the one-act serenata, the gods Apollo, Minerva, Mars, and Fortuna, with the support of their choirs, lecture on different concepts for governing the European Union. Jupiter finally announces that he already has a man who combines the merits of all divine rivals: the Prussian king, who is celebrating his birthday.
The handwritten score dating to 1774 is preserved at the Royal College of Music in London. The same date is given for the performance of the serenata at Jánský vrch. It is possible that it was a kind of local rehearsal or prepreview, a practice that Ditters’ autobiography indicates was employed with other works.
Lucie Kaňková, Kristýna Vylíčilová, Monika Jägerová, Leandro Lafont, Jakub Rousek
režie Tomáš Hanzlík