PINCHGUT Opera’s upcoming Sydney production of Bajazet will be the first time Vivaldi’s powerful and passionate Baroque masterpiece is performed in the southern hemisphere.

Bajazet is a rarely-performed opera classic that premiered in Verona, Italy in 1735 and features an array of arias designed to showcase the talents of the Baroque artists.

Covering themes of betrayal, love and lust, Bajazet tells a tale of romantic entanglement and love triangles. Tamerlano, Emperor of the Tartars, has conquered Bajazet, Emperor of the Turks, but desires the hand of Bajazet’s daughter Asteria. Meanwhile, Tamerlano has already promised to marry Irene, princess of Trebisond. To solve his problem, Tamerlano hands Irene off to Andronico, his Greek ally. However, Andronico is also in love with Asteria.

The Sydney production stars Hadleigh Adams (pictured above), an openly-gay New Zealand-born singer who recently finished his Adler Fellow program with the San Francisco Opera as well as a starring role in Handel’s Orlando in New York.

Starring alongside Adams is American counter-tenor Christopher Lowrey, and the production is directed by Thomas de Mallet Burgess while Matthew Greco leads an ensemble of musicians from Australia and around the world in the Orchestra of the Antipodes.


Pinchgut Opera presents Bajazet

When: Saturday, July 4 until Wednesday, July 8. Various times.

Where: City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney CBD

Tickets: $30-$135

Details & bookings: Click here

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