The Tatar prince Tamerlan had no mercy on his enemies; not even with his rival Bajazet, whom he defeated at Ankara in 1402. The capture of the Sultan inspired Agostino Piovene to write a libretto that was set to music by numerous composers of the 18th century. Antonio Vivaldi also joined the illustrious ranks and contributed his "Bajazet" in 1735. However, only a few arias were composed by himself, for the rest he resorted to operas by his colleagues - a common practice in 18th century opera. The result is a kind of best-of of what the music theater of its time had to offer: an exciting baroque opera on the themes of love, power and human dignity.