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Handel - Ottone | Hyperion CDS445113

Handel - Ottone

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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDS445113

Barcode: 0034571145112

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 30th September 2013

Contents

Artists

King’s Consort

Conductor

Robert King

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Ottone, Re di Germania, HWV15

Artists

King’s Consort

Conductor

Robert King

About

Handel’s Ottone was one of the most popular operas of the composer’s career, with 34 known performances during his lifetime, beaten only by the 53 performances of Rinaldo. The premiere run in 1723 featured superstar Italian soloists including Senesino and Cuzzoni, and coincided with (and was perhaps the cause of) the height of London’s opera madness, with tickets changing hands for increasingly high prices on the black market.

This recording of the 1723 version (Handel adapted the opera in later years for different singers) features James Bowman at the peak of his powers in the title role.

Cast:
- Ottone (King of Germany): James Bowman (countertenor)
- Teofane (Daughter to Romano, Emperor of the East): Claron McFadden (soprano)
- Gismonda (Widow of Berengario, a Tyrant in Italy): Jennifer Smith (soprano)
- Adelberto (Son of Gismonda): Dominique Visse (countertenor)
- Emireno (A corsair, but really Basilio, brother to Teofane): Michael George (bass)
- Matilda (Cousin to Ottone, and promised in marriage to Adelberto): Catherine Denley (mezzo-soprano)

Ottone is, even for Handel, unusually rich in lovely, heartrending arias’ - The Times

Everywhere, the dexterity and resource of Robert King’s Consort lend enchantment’ - The Independent

Superbe’ - Compact, France

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