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Tragedia per musica in three acts (1735)

Music by Antonio Vivaldi

Libretto by Agostino Piovene

In Italian with German surtitles

New production Theater an der Wien at the Kammeroper

Premiere: Saturday, 26 September 2020, 7 pm
Performances: 28 / 30 September & / 2 / 4 / 7 / 9 / 11 / 13 October 2020, 7 pm

Introduction matinée: Sunday, 20 September 2020, 11 am


The sultan Bajazet has been defeated by Tamerlano and is being held captive with his daughter Asteria in the palace at Bursa. He asks the Greek prince Andronico to look after his daughter even though the prince is an ally of Tamerlano. He knows that the two are in love. But Asteria is also coveted by Tamerlano who would even be willing to break off his engagement to Irene, princess of Trebizond, on her account. As compensation he offers to marry Irene to Andronico and install them as rulers of the conquered Byzantium, little knowing the predicament his proposal places his ally in. Irene, who has entered the palace incognito, is not the only one who flies into a rage when she learns of this humiliation: for Bajazet, too, a marriage between his daughter and his enemy Tamerlano is out of the question. Asteria, for her part, feels betrayed by Andronico since she believes that her beloved is willing to go along with Tamerlano’s plan. Nevertheless she agrees to marry Tamerlano, but only so that she can murder him at the first available opportunity. Bajazet learns from the despairing Andronico that his daughter is preparing to ascend the throne. During the coronation he bursts in, disrupting the ceremony and hurling abuse at his daughter. In her defence, Asteria shows him her dagger, thus revealing her true intentions. Andronico confesses to Tamerlano that he and Asteria are in love. The humiliated Tamerlano resolves to kill Bajazet and make Asteria his personal slave. Asteria, though, takes advantage of the first opportunity that presents itself and laces his goblet with poison. But this time her plan is thwarted by Irene, who now reveals herself. In the face of the humiliation that now threatens his daughter whose evil schemes have once more been exposed, Bajazet kills himself. Irene and Andronico beg Tamerlano to show mercy to Asteria, but she, now that her father is dead, pleads with Tamerlano to kill her as well. Tamerlano, appalled and chastened by what has happened, decrees a happy ending of sorts: Andronico and Asteria are allowed to marry, while he himself returns to Irene.



Roger Diaz Cajamarca


Krystian Lada

Set design

Didzis Jaunzems

Costume design

Natalia Kitamikado

Light design

Franz Tscheck


Kristján Jóhannesson


Rafał Tomkiewicz


Sofia Vinnik


Andrew Morstein


Valentina Petraeva


Miriam Kutrowatz


Bach Consort Wien


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