Tamerlano – Haendel

Paul McCreesh, Graham Vick – Plácido Domingo (Bajazet), Jennifer Holloway (Irene), Sara Mingardo (Andronico) – Teatro Real Madrid

The great Domingo plays the role of Bajazet, in a hugely memorable production of Tamerlano at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

The Ottoman empire has fallen and the emperor, Bajazet (Plácido Domingo), has been captured by the tyrant Tamerlano (Monica Bacelli), whom he despises. The defeated Bajazet contemplates suicide, but love for his daughter Asteria (Ingela Bohlin) weakens his resolve. Andronico (Sara Mingardo), Prince of Greece and ally of Tamerlano, is in love with Asteria and she with him. When Tamerlano gives him the newly conquered empire of Byzantium, Andronico asks only to remain at Tamerlano's side – really not wanting to leave Asteria...

It is often said that Tamerlano is not only one of Handel's greatest works, but also his darkest opera, which displays dramatically intense characters. Dominated by a Plácido Domingo at the peak of his powers, the cast features many of baroque music’s leading contemporary singers. The orchestra, playing on non-period instruments, is conducted with panache by Paul McCreesh.

Created in 2001 for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, this production directed for stage by Graham Vick had remained unsurpassed ever since.

© Picture: Javier del Real

In the press:

Tamerlano’s four-hour length is buoyed by the vigour with which Paul McCreesh conducts the meaty, non-Baroque house orchestra of the Teatro Real...and the fluid, informally stylised dramatic treatment of the director Graham Vick.
The Times

Here Domingo puts some of his Baroque specialist colleagues to shame with the psychological penetration of his performance.
BBC Music Magazine

Here is Plácido Domingo at the age of 70 giving the performance of a lifetime.
La Scena Musicale

Graham Vick stage director
Richard Hudson set designer, costume designer
Matthew Richardson lighting
Ron Howell choreography


Monica Bacelli (Tamerlano)
Plácido Domingo (Bajazet)
Ingela Bohlin (Asteria)
Sara Mingardo (Andronico)
Jennifer Holloway (Irene)
Luigi De Donato (Leone)


Coro y Orquesta titular del Teatro Real (Coro Intermezzo y Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)
Paul McCreesh music director

Movie director : Angel Luis Ramírez
Collection : Operalia: What Have They Become?
Playlists : The Greatest Voices, Bach, Handel, Scarlatti: The generation of 1685, The Best of Opera
Musical period : Baroque music
Music genres : Voice, Opera

Duration : 03 h 38 min
Location : Teatro Real Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
Production date : 2008
Production : © Opus Arte / Teatro Real
Available version(s) : IT



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