412 February 2022
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.

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

Set and costume designerMolly O'Cathain

Lighting designerSinéad Wallace


There is lift access from the main foyer to the Linbury Theatre Foyer. The entrances to the Linbury Theatre are from the Upper Circle level, and customers must descend to their seating area via stairs or a lift. Lift access to seating in the Linbury Theatre is from auditorium right only (right-hand entrance and on your right-hand side as you face the stage). We recommend seating on the right-hand side of the auditorium for those who require level access or minimal stairs. The left-hand side of the auditorium can involve many stairs. There are six wheelchair spaces in the Linbury Theatre. Find out more about accessing the Linbury Theatre.

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