Zanaida : Sara Hershkowitz, soprano
Tamasse: Marina De Liso, mezzo-soprano
Mustafa: Pierrick Boisseau, baryton
Roselane : Chantal Santon, soprano
Cisseo : Daphné Touchais, soprano
Osira : Vannina Santoni, soprano
Silvera : Julie Fioretti, soprano
Aglatida : Majdouline Zerari, mezzo-soprano
Gianguir : Jeffrey Thompson, tenor
After a long war, Soliman, the Turkish emperor, and Tamasse, the Persian sophi, decide to seal the peace between their two countries and, to this end, exchange hostages. The preliminary treaty stipulates that, in order to make this alliance more solid, Tamasse will wed Zanaida, Soliman's daughter. Meanwhile, the sophi falls in love with Osira, a Persian hostage sent by the emperor. The future Turkish bride arrives in Isfahan with a magnificent retinue. This is where the action of this opera begins, the plot skilfully mixing Tamasse's infidelity, Zanaida's magnanimity, the ambition of Roselane and Osira, and Mustafa's honesty.
A particularly appealing opera by the fourth and last of Johann Sebastian's sons whose life was atypical for a Bach, carrying out his career not in Germany but in Italy and England.