Elisabeth Christine, the wife of Emperor Charles VI, celebrated her name day in 1725 with the festa teatrale Giunone placata (‘Juno placated’), composed by Johann Joseph Fux (ca. 1660–1741). The fi rst edition of this one-act work – one of the last of Fux’s twenty-one documented dramatic works – opens the sub-series B/I “Opera” of the Fux edition.
The libretto is based on an ancient episode in which Juno, out of jealousy, temporarily leaves her husband Jupiter – in order to find her way back to him with the help of Venus and Mercury. For the title role in this performance, the famous prima donna Faustina Bordoni was engaged by the Viennese court. Fux composed some of his most beautiful arias for her and the other protagonists, creating musical solutions inspired by the emotionally complex text. As in his other dramatic works, the instrumental accompaniment o ffers surprises in terms of quality of sound.
The first scientific edition of this opera is presented with detailed source descriptions and a critical apparatus. Notes on performance practice supplement the musical text. The music-historical introduction (in German and English) contains further information on the first performance, the context and the musical structure of the work. The Italian libretto is printed as a facsimile and in a bilingual translation (German/English).