Georg Friedrich Händel: “Vieni, o figlio” Ottone (HWV 15) – George Petrou, Ann Hallenberg, Il pomo d’oro

“Vieni, o figlio” from Handel’s Ottone (HWV 15), 1723   Ann Hallenberg as Gismonda Il pomo d’oro under George Petrou This role was written for Margherita Durastanti (active 1700–1734).

The idea and inspiration for this video was provided by Anita Sikora who has an essay about Margherita Durastanti, this aria, and motherhood that can be found here:…

Vieni, o figlio, e mi consola,

che se il viver t’è vietato,

mori almen in questo sen.


A penar, non sarò sola

s’il conceda amica stella,

perché teco io verrò men.


Come, my son, and comfort me, for if life is denied you, at least you may die on my breast.   I shall not be alone in my suffering if a kindly star allows it, because I shall die with you.

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Art in the video:

[0:24] George Elgar Hicks (1824-1914)

[0:40] Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

[0:50] François-Guillaume Menageot (1744-1816)

[1:16] Jean-Laurent Mosnier (1743–1808)

[1:30] Fritz Zuber-Bühler (1822–1896)

[1:50] Giuseppe Molteni (1800-1867)

[2:12] Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

[2:58] Pyotr Basin (1793–1877)

[3:10] William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

[3:28] William Hogarth (1697-1764)

[3:38] Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827)

[3:55] George Romney (1734-1802)

[4:18] Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842)

[4:40] 19th century painting

[5:04] Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842)

[5:22] Charles West Cope (1811–1890)

[5:42] George Romney (1734-1802)

[6:05] Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646 – 1723)

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