Der geduldige Socrates
Comic opera by Georg Philipp Telemann
The composer, c. 1745
TranslationThe patient Socrates
LibrettistJohann Ulrich von König
1721 (1721)

Der geduldige Socrates (TVWV 21:9, Hamburg 1721) is a comic German-language opera in three acts by Georg Philipp Telemann to a libretto by Johann Ulrich von König [de].

The opera was Telemann's first full length purely comic opera,[1] and was performed at the Oper am Gänsemarkt, while Reinhard Keiser was still running the opera.

The professional UK premiere was in 1974 by Kent Opera conducted by Roger Norrington, with April Cantelo, Thomas Lawlor and Linda Esther Gray among the cast.[2]



  1. ^ Donald Jay Grout, Hermine Weigel Williams, A Short History of Opera (203), p. 182: "He excelled in the comic style, as evidenced from his first full-length comic opera, Der geduldige Socrates (1721), his one-act serenata, Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Comacho (1761), and his intermezzo, Pimpinone (1725),"
  2. ^ Platt N. Making Music. Ashford, Pemble Productions, 2001, p. 70.