Great Handel sound, production could have been better
from Ashby de la zouch
, 03 Jul 2011
The opera dates from 1724, and takes place in Prusa, Turkey in 1402. The characters, Tamerlano Emperor of the Tartars, Bajazet Sultan of the Turks, and Andronico a Greek prince. Tamerlano who has defeated Bajazet, wants to marry his daughter, who loves the Greek, of whom Bajazet approves. However Tamerlano is betrothed to Irene, Princess of Trebizond. All ends well for everyone but Bajazet who takes poison and dies. A story played out in many operas but this one has some fantastic music by Handel, probably some of the best he wrote. Needless to say this music is enhanced by blu ray, but I am not so sure about picture quality as most of the opera was in half light. The production was puzzling and there was a lot I did not understand, like the blue elephants which were revolving high above the stage. The sphere with a foot on top, although may be this denoted prison as Bajazet was underneath. The costumes were also puzzling Tamerlamo , a Tartar, was wearing Turkish clothing as were his followers and the Greek prince. I still can get used to the fair sex playing men, but with all the female voices, the Tenor and in paricular the Bass,from whom I would have liked to have heard more arias, were a joy. I already own a dvd of the production from Bad Lauchstadt on the occasion of the 50th Handel - Festspiele. This was pre wide screen , but the costumes were much more lavish and more authentic. Some of the cast had a slight edge, and the stage was better lit. Still worth a look as it is unlikely another Tamerlano in blu ray will come along soon.
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