The Death of Bajazet

From Handel's 'Tamerlano'

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Placido Domingo and Sarah Coburn

Placido Domingo as Bajazet, with soprano Sarah Coburn as Asteria, at the Washington National Opera. Karin Cooper hide caption

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As the 126th role of his legendary career, tenor Placido Domingo took on one of the earliest tenor roles ever composed — Bajazet, in Handel's taught drama, Tamerlano. Though he has never specialized in Baroque opera, Domingo has described the role as "ideal for my voice." Bajazet's death takes place near the end of the opera, after he takes poison rather than endure any further insults and humiliations at the hands of his captor, Tamerlano. Ultimately, the heroism and nobility of Bajazet's final moments lead Tamerlano to relent, and he releases Bajazet's daughter, Asteria. Domingo gave this performance in a production by the Washington National Opera.



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