Conducted by Erin Helyard
Directed by Chas Rader-Shieber

A collaboration with Portland Baroque Orchestra

Bajazet, Emperor of the Turks, has been captured. His daughter, Asteria, plans to kill her father’s captor, Tamerlano, who also wishes to marry her. Irene, a princess who loves Tamerlano, discovers the murder plot and intervenes. Andronico, an ally of Tamerlano, is in love with Asteria. Honor, forgiveness, and duty shine brightly in this muscular tale of conflict, love, and conquerors.

“Even as the walls seem to be crumbling around them, the characters of Bajazet live in a musical world of unparalleled beauty. As one culture is dismissed and destroyed by another, with a kind of cruelty that is both frightening and yet familiar, the personal and emotional lives of those in power are given a careful kind of examination by Vivaldi. Emotion at its most potent, power at its most dangerous, and music at its greatest expression of pure theatricality are at the center of this amazing, tragic, and moving opera.” – Chas Rader-Shieber, Director


Performed in Italian with English captions.
Approximately 3 hours, with one intermission.

We are thrilled to collaborate with Portland Baroque Orchestra to present the American professional premiere of Vivaldi’s rarely performed Baroque masterpiece from 1735.

Listen for Vivaldi’s seamless score, which offers glorious melodies and dazzling vocal fireworks. Australian conductor Erin Helyard, known for his superb musical direction, makes his U.S. debut with a cast featuring contralto Avery Amereau and countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen.


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Join us one hour before curtain for a discussion providing context and unique insights into the world of the opera. After the performance join company members and guests from the production, for a post-show conversation.

Tickets available from $35. View a seating map of the Newmark Theatre.


The performance of Bajazet on March 22, 2020 at 2 PM will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please let our Patron Services team know when you purchase tickets, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.


Daniel Mobbs

Camille Sherman

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen

Avery Amereau

John Marzano

Kathleen Kim

Erin Helyard

Chas Rader-Shieber

Scenic & Costume Designer
Michael Olich