September 9–19, 2021

Cancelled | Ottone (HWV 15)

Wedding with obstacles

The plot of Handel’s opera Ottone concerns no less than the crown of Italy and the stability of an empire. As the son of Emperor Otto I and his representative in northern Italy, Ottone is instructed to unite the two kingdoms by marrying the Byzantine princess Teofane. But Adelberto and his mother Gismonda want to exploit the moment to usurp the Lombard crown from Ottone. As is customary in baroque opera, their weapons of choice are conspiracy, kidnapping, extortion, betrayal. But in the end, repentance triumphs over anger, forgiveness over lust for revenge and, of course, love over hate.
The production by Anna Magdalena Fitzi had its premiere in 2019 in the context of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. For this year’s anniversary, the audience in the PS.Halle Einbeck can enjoy soloists including Cesti prizewinner Mariamielle Lamagat, conducted by Fabrizio Ventura.

Coach transfer from the Deutsches Theater Göttingen
Departure 5.30 pm
The coach back to Göttingen departs approx. 20 min. after the concert ends.

The venue is barrier-free. For further information on Festival venue accessibility. Please see the overview.

A co-production with the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik and the Händel-Festspielen Halle

Marie Seidler  Mezzo-soprano – Ottone
Mariamielle Lamagat Soprano – Teofane
Tamara Gura Mezzo-soprano – Gismonda
Alberto Miguélez Rouco Countertenor – Adelberto
Anna Starushkevych Mezzo-soprano – Matilda
Yannick Debus Baritone – Emireno

Accademia La Chimera
Fabrizio Ventura Musical director

Anna Magdalena Fitzi Stage director
Bettina Munzer Set and costume designer 

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