2 soprano voice solos, mezzo-soprano voice solo, 2 alto voice solos, bass voice solo, piano (2 Soprano Voice Solo, Mezzo-Soprano Voice Solo, 2 Alto Voice Solo, Bass Voice Solo, 2 Ob, 3V, Va, Bassi (Vc, double bass, bassoon, harpisc., Erzlaute))
Opera in 3 acts. Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Fiona McLauchlan. Arranged by Andreas Kohs. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Version of the first performance 1723. Opera. Vocal score. HWV 15. Duration 3 hours, 15 minutes. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA04077-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA04077-90).
Item Number: BA.BA04077-90
ISBN 9790006539734. 27 x 19 cm inches. Language: Italian ,German. Translation: Schmidt, Eberhard / Brenner, Peter. Text: Haym, Nicola Francesco (nach Stefano Benedetto Pallavicini).
Handel completed his operaOttonein August 1722, but the first performance did not take place until January 1723 in the Haymarket Theatre, London; the composer had waited so long for the famous soprano Francesca Cuzzoni who he had in mind for the role of Teofane.Ottonewas an immediate success from the beginning, not only for its top-class cast but also because of its formal and musical structure. It received numerous revivals until 1733.
Stylistically,Ottonefollows in the Neapolitan opera tradition with emotionally charged arias as the principal vehicles of expression, whilst the plot is carried forward in the secco recitatives.
The dramatic action is interpreted and intensified through the choice of arias and keys.
The vocal score is based on volume II/12 of theHalle Handel Edition(BA 4077), which contains the complete critical musical text of the opera for the first time.