English Touring Opera to present Ottone and Life on the Moon at Buxton Opera House

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English Touring Opera is to present a double-bill of Handel’s Ottone and Haydn’s Life on the Moon at Buxton Opera House.

English Touring Opera is to present a double-bill of Handel’s Ottone and Haydn’s Life on the Moon at Buxton Opera House.

Ottone is regarded as one of Handel’s finest serious operas. The story centres on Ottone’s betrothal to the Byzantine princess Teofane with the plot featuring a bloody coup, multiple mistaken identities and repeated captures and recaptures, before all its characters are reunited in a wave-swept sea-cave setting.

Life on the Moon was written by Haydn during his period as Kapellmeister or music director of the powerful Hungarian noble house of Esterházy. The action sees a young heiress and her maid team up with a quack astronomer and his servant to trick her wealthy father out of his fortune. In one of the earliest examples of science fiction in opera, their confidence trick involves persuading the miserly father that he has been transported to the Moon.

Ottone will take place on Friday, November 7, and Life on the Moon on Saturday, November 8. Tickets £18 to £34. Contact 845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.