Ottone, a rarely performed masterpiece, describes a bloody coup and the arrival of a Byzantine bride around the year 1000AD. The opera has a treasure trove of fantastic arias – a number of which are regularly performed in concert. One deceptively simple aria, ‘Falsa immagine’, was at first scorned by the great Italian soprano Francesca Cuzzoni – and it is reported that Handel convinced her of its genius as he leaned her out of a high window!
A chance to see the full opera in ETO’s characteristic style will be a treat for opera fans old and new.
Running time: 2 hours 37 minutes (incl. interval)