412 February 2022
The performance will last approximately 2 hours 55 minutes, with one interval.
Linbury Theatre
Opera and music

A recent revival of interest in Vivaldi’s operas has introduced modern audiences to the adrenalin rush of his instrumentally virtuosic vocal writing. His opera Bajazet, first performed in Verona in 1735, is an extraordinary thriller set in a dark, tense, claustrophobic environment. Powerful men and strong women negotiate their relationships as desires of the heart clash with rank and duty.

The drama is brought to life in the intimate setting of the Linbury Theatre by director Adele Thomas, experienced in this repertory, following her recent productions of Berenice and Apollo and Daphne for The Royal Opera. The Royal Opera and Irish National Opera, whose production of Vivaldi’s Griselda made waves in 2019, join forces for this wonderful opportunity to discover Vivaldi – and Baroque opera – anew.

Approximate running times
Act I: 1 hour 5 minutes
Interval: 25 minutes
Act II: 50 minutes
Act III: 35 minutes
Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from


Tina Taylor


Co-production with

Irish National Opera



Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicAntonio Vivaldi

LibrettoAgostino Piovene

DirectorAdele Thomas

Associate directorEmma Woods

Set and costume designerMolly O'Cathain

Lighting designerSinéad Wallace

Fight directorKev McCurdy


There are six wheelchair spaces and step-free routes to seats on the right-hand side of the auditorium only. If you have a mobility impairment, you should book tickets for the right-hand side. An Assisted Hearing Facility is available.

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