Berenice (HWV 38) is an opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel to a 1709 Antonio Salvi libretto, Berenice, regina d’Egitto, or Berenice, Queen of Egypt. Handel began the music in December 1736; the premiere took place at Covent Garden Theatre in London on 18 May 1737 — but was unsuccessful, with just three further performances. Set circa 81 B.C., Berenice traces the life of Cleopatra, who was Berenice III of Egypt and daughter of Ptolemy IX, the main character in another Handel opera, Tolomeo.

Librettist Antonio Salvi
Date of composition 1737 (December 1736 to January 1737)
Premiered 1737, May 18th (Covent Garden Theatre) in London, UK
Type Opera
Catalogue HWV 37
Spoken language Italian
Instruments Voice (Soprano) - Berenice, Queen of Egypt
Voice (Contralto) - Selene, Berenice's sister
Voice (Castrato) - Alessandro, a Roman nobleman
Voice (Castrato) - Demetrio, a prince
Voice (Contralto) - Arsace, another prince
Voice (Tenor) - Fabio, Roman messenger
Voice (Bass) - Aristobolo, captain
Autotranslations beta Georg Friedrich Haendel: Berenice, HWV 37
Georg Friedrich Händel: Berenice, HWV 37
Georg Friedrich Händel: Berenice, HWV 37