Germanicus (opera)

Germanicus is an opera by Georg Philipp Telemann, to a libretto in German by the poet Christine Dorothea Lachs [de], fourth daughter of Nicolaus Adam Strungk of Dresden.[1][2][3][4] The opera was written in 1704 and revised in 1710. It is supposedly one of the twenty operas that Telemann wrote for the opera house in the Oper am Brühl in Leipzig.[5]

Opera by Georg Philipp Telemann
Georg Philipp Telemann by Georg Lichtensteger.jpg
The composer, c. 1745
LibrettistChristine Dorothea Lachs
Based onLife of Germanicus
1704 (1704)

The plot concerns the Roman general Germanicus. The opera was believed lost until 45 arias were discovered in a Frankfurt archive by Michael Maul. The opera was premiered with spoken text between arias at the Bachfest Leipzig 2007 and at the 2010 Magdeburg Telemann Festival under conductor Gotthold Schwarz. A recording was released by cpo in 2011.



  1. ^ Frauen – Musik – Kultur p. 406. Linda Maria Koldau (2005) "Christine Dorothea Lachs (1672 – nach 1716, geb. ... 1709 wurde Christine Dorothea Witwe; 1715 wird sie noch in Georg Christian Lehms' Lexikon erwähnt, danach verliert ..."
  2. ^ Sprachgesellschaften, galante Poetinnen. p. 51. Erika Alma Metzger, Richard E. Schade (1989) "Johann Joachim Hoe wrote most of the text. Mere conjecture, but still an intriguing thought, is the possibility that Aurora von Konigsmarck may have known Christina Dorothea Lachs and perhaps was inspired to write the libretto by this ..."
  3. ^ Ars et amicitia p. 237. Ferdinand van Ingen, Christian Juranek, Martin Bircher (1998). "This is the case with the poems of Christine Dorothea Lachs, née Strunck, daughter of a Kapellmeister in Dresden, which were quoted"
  4. ^ Händel-Jahrbuch: Kurt Taut, Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft (2007) "... dass es sich hierbei um Christine Dorothea Lachs (1672 – nach 1715) handelte, eine Tochter von Nikolaus Adam Strungk und ... Christina Dorothea", in: Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (wie Anm. 22), Personenteil, 16, Kassel 2006, ...
  5. ^ "Germanicus". Retrieved 2015-10-01.