Life on the Moon, Buxton Opera House

Life on the Moon, English Touring Opera, at Buxton Opera House
Life on the Moon, English Touring Opera, at Buxton Opera House
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English Touring Opera is putting on a double bill of productions with Haydn’s Life on the Moon and Handel’s Ottone.

Life on the Moon was written by Haydn during his time as music director of the powerful Hungarian noble house of Esterházy.

In it 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.

The story of Ottone centres on the title character’s betrothal to the Byzantine princess Teofane with the plot featuring a bloody coup, multiple mistaken identities and repeated captures and recaptures.

Ottone is on stage today and Life on the Moon will take place tomorrow, Saturday. Boxoffice: 0845 1272190 or buy online at {http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/Buxton Opera House|click here}