This is a pasticcio by Antonio Vivaldi with music by Riccardo Broschi, . Name Translations, Bajazet; Bajazet av Vivaldi; バヤゼット; Բայազետ; Bəyazid;. Typical of its time, this is one of the operas with an “A loves B loves C, etc.” plot, except the romantic entanglements take place against the backdrop of the. Performed for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivaldi’s passionate and powerful BAJAZET is the latest Baroque masterpiece to be rediscovered by.

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This rarely performed operatic gem, premiered in Verona infeatures a brilliant array of arias designed to showcase the top singers of the age: Presented by Pinchgut Opera in the intimate surrounds of City Recital Hall, in just four performances, Bajazet will change the way you see opera.

Tamlerlano loves Bajazet’s daughter Asteria, even though he is promised to marry Irene, Princess of Trebisond. Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born on 4 March in Venice then a rich, though declining, republic.

Vivaldi Bajazet

His father Giovanni a barber who became a violinist and his mother Camilla had six children in total. A pasticcio is a carefully curated selection of arias from operas of diverse composers, knitted together by newly composed recitative. It was a favoured genre in the eighteenth fivaldi and often used by impresarios when deadlines were tight and operas needed to be staged quickly. Orchestra of the Antipodes.

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Tamerlano hands Irene to Andronico, his Greek ally. However Andronico also loves Asteria. Bajazet is furious at his daughter’s apparent treachery, but she reveals a plan to kill Tamerlano on their wedding night. The plot is discovered and father and daughter are jailed.

Reduced to slavery, Asteria is about to poison Tamerlano bajaxet serving him, but Irene warns him in time.


Tamerlano rewards Irene with a new promise of marriage, and orders Asteria, Bajazet vivali Andronico to taken away. Bajazet kills himself, and Asteria begs for death as well.

Instead Tamerlano has mercy on her, giving her and the Greek throne to Andronico whom he forgives for his earlier attempt to intercede on Asteria’s behalf. He was excused from his priestly duties and then had to look for alternative employment, which led him to musical direction.

It seems that Giovanni decided that music would be a better career than barbering for his son so he taught him the violin from a very early age. It is not clear whether Antonio was encouraged to join the church because that was the best place for a musician or whether, as some have suggested, it was a natural occupation for the eldest son of a poor family.

Vivaldi began his training for the priesthood in when he was 15 and was ordained in at In the year he was ordained Vivaldi became a violin teacher at the orphanage for girls the Ospedale della Pieta, a local school for homeless girls. Though a priest, Vivaldi was exempted from saying Mass on health grounds — he suffered from asthma — and so he concentrated on his music.

The Pieta had an excellent choir and orchestra, drawn from the girls and young women living there. Vivaldi taught violin and composed sonatas, concertos and church music. The public paid for the musical performances but could not see the singers and players, who were behind the screen.

By the second decade of the 18th century, opera had become hugely popular in Italy. Vivaldi composed his first opera Ottone in Bahazet in and it was performed in a theatre in Vicenza. It was a moderate success and over the next few years he wrote Orlando Finto PazzoOrlando Furiosa and Arsilda Regina di Ponto as well as several that have been lost or perhaps, not yet found.


It or Vivaldi left Venice — it seems that he was not reappointed to the position at the Pieta — and took a position at the court in Mantua then part of the Austrian Vivaldj.

Bajazet, RV (Vivaldi, Antonio) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Vivaldi spent three years in Mantua and wrote several operas, including Tio Manlio. In the Empress died in Vienna and all theatres in the Empire were closed. In he was in Milan and in in Vivaldu. Operas were produced in both these cities but they have been lost. The first four works in the collection were Vivalsi Four Seasons, which have become, probably, the best known and most played compositions in the classical repertoire. By this time Vivaldi was at the height of his powers and fame.

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A second set of concerti, La Centra Op. In Vivaldi was in Vienna and Prague, where the opera Farnace was produced. He was certainly prolific, concentrating mostly on opera, and he visited Mantua, Verona and Bajazzet. Vivaldi struggled to make money from his operas. He continued to sell manuscripts to support himself but, it seems, composed nothing new while in Vienna.

He was buried as a pauper in the Hospital Cemetery. But this never meant a loss in musical quality — in fact, it may be said that this smorgasbord approach increased the diversity of styles for an audience hungry for the latest najazet and vocal effects. For Bajazet in Vivaldi composed nine of the arias and all of the recitative.

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