Tamerlano

Dramma per musica in drei Akten (1724)
Musik von Georg Friedrich Händel

Donnerstag, 25. September 2014, 19:00 Uhr

Musikalische Leitung: Maxim Emelyanichev
Mit Max Emanuel Cencic, Xaxier Sabata u.a.
Il pomo d´oro

Concertante performance in Italian

Synopsis

In Tamerlano, premiered at the King’s Theatre in London in 1724, the unscrupulous Tartar prince and the uncompromising sultan Bajazet are pitted against each other. The (historical) power struggle and Tamerlane’s victory over the Ottomans was a popular subject for literature and theatre. However, in George Frideric Handel’s version, with a libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym, the conflict continues as a private affair. Tamerlano demands the hand of Asteria, the daughter of Bajazet, his captive, in marriage. But the hero who has been so successful on the field of battle is forced to accept defeat in this instance.
It is not Tamerlano, but the complex character of Bajazet, torn between his pride as a captive ruler and as a father, who dominates proceedings and makes this opera of Handel’s so unusual. The death scene following Bajazet’s suicide is among the most dramatic moments Handel ever wrote. It appears that with it he anticipates the death scenes in operas by Bellini and Donizetti by over a hundred years.

Cast

Dramma per musica in three acts (1724)

Music by Georg Friedrich Händel
Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym
After Jacques Pradons´ "Tamerlano ou la mort de Bajazet" (1675)

Concertante performance in Italian

Conductor

Maxim Emelyanychev

Biography
Tamerlano

Xavier Sabata

Biography
Bajazet

Nigel Robson

Biography
Asteria

Sophie Karthäuser

Biography
Andronico

Max Emanuel Cencic

Biography
Irene

Ruxandra Donose

Biography
Leone

Pavel Kudinov

Biography
Orchestra

Il Pomo d´oro

Biography