Musical director: Fabrizio Ventura
Directed by: Anna Magdalena Fitzi
Scenery, costumes: Bettina Munzer
Soloists: Marie Seidler (Ottone), Mariamielle Lamagat (Teofano), Tamara Gura (Gismonda), Yannick Debus (Emireno), Alberto Miguélez Rouco (Adalberto), Anna Starushkevych (Matilda)
Accademia La Chimera
Performance based on the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe in the original Italian with German supertitles
A coproduction with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music and Göttingen International Handel Festival
Tickets entitle you to free admission to the permanent exhibitions “Neues Schillerhaus” (New Schiller House) and “Badegeschichte im Douche Pavillon” (History of Spa in the Douche Pavilion) from 10am to 6pm on the day of the concert.
With the kind support of the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung together with the Saalesparkasse
Coach fare €8 each way, number of seats limited – tickets must be bought in advance with concert tickets.
Ottone was one of Handel’s most successful and most frequently performed operas during his lifetime. In London, a sensational encounter between Handel’s prima donnas, Cuzzoni and Durastanti, and the two castrati, Senesino and Farinelli took place. Not only did two legendary castrati clash in Ottone, but also, with regard to the substance of the opera, the cultures of oriental Byzantine and that of the West European Holy Roman Empire. Handel’s music deals with people’s true feelings. Their jealousies and hopes, pain and joys were made audible by the young singers – who include finalists of the renowned Cesti Competition – of this coproduction with Innsbruck in the summer of 2019. The critic writing in the daily newspaper Die Welt on 23 August gave an enthusiastic report, calling it a highlight of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.