Handel's 'Tamerlano' at Buxton,
enjoyed by MIKE WHEELER
Handel's Tamerlano has a typically labyrinthine plot of complex relationships. The Tartar emperor Tamerlano (Tamburlaine) has captured and imprisoned the Turkish sultan Bajazet. When he is unexpectedly released by the emperor's right-hand man, Greek prince Andronico, Bajazet suspects Tamerlano's motives, and is only prevented from killing himself when Andronico explains that this would put his daughter, Asteria, in danger. Tamerlano is, in fact, playing power games with Bajazet, which involve proposing to marry Asteria, so breaking his betrothal to Irene, princess of Trebizond...
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