Teatro Real's majestic production of Handel's vivid tragedy, Tamerlano, stars a Lear-like Plácido Domingo as the Turkish Sultan Bajazet, caught between pride, love and loyalty. Displaying the uniquely heroic quality of his voice, Domingo heads a superb cast, including Sara Mingardo, Monica Bacelli and Ingela Bohlin, all magnificently responsive to Paul McCreesh's authentic and luminous interpretation of the score. The stunning theatrical staging by Graham Vick provides a splendid setting for the characters and for designer Richard Hudson's extravagant Baroque-Islamic costumes, emphasising the brilliance of one of Handel's finest dramatic achievements.
Bajazet: Plácido Domingo Tamerlano: Monica Bacelli Asteria: Ingela Bohlin Andronico: Sara Mingardo Irene: Jennifer Holloway Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real Conductor: Paul McCreesh Stage Director: Graham Vick
Recorded live at Teatro Real, Madrid on 29th March, 1st & 4th April 2008.