Tamburlaine the Great rules the vast Tartar Empire in Central Asia. He has defeated the Turks in battle and captured their ruler Bajazet. He would prefer suicide rather than endure subjugation to a man he despises, but resists in order to protect his beloved daughter Asteria from the persistent advances of Tamburlaine. A taut psychological drama is played out to some of Handel’s most inspired dramatic music. Tamerlano was written in his annus mirabilis, which also gave us Giulio Cesare and Rodelinda. The same creative team which produced Belshazzar at The Grange in 2019 teams up with conductor Robert Howarth and the BSO. Our Ulysses from 2017, Paul Nilon, returns for one of Handel’s greatest tenor roles, Bajazet, of which he is a widely applauded exponent; Raffaele Pe is Tamerlano, having thrilled as Nero in Agrippina in 2018. We welcome one of the country’s finest lyric sopranos Sophie Bevan to The Grange for Asteria, and recent Jette Parker alumnus Patrick Terry for Andronico. Handel does not get any more emotionally and dramatically involving than this.

Works and composers

Handel Tamerlano