Bajazet - Classical
By: Jean Racine
– Osmin brings news of the sultan Amurat to Byzantium : they appear to be at the
point of abandoning the siege of Babylon.
– Acomat, grand vizir, wishes to take advantage of this failure by encouraging
the Janissaries to revolt. He has already refused to execute Bajazet as the sultan commanded.
Finally, Acomat believes Bajazet and Roxane, the sultan's favorite, are in love, and he wishes to
rely on them while marrying Atalide. In reality, Bajazet is in love with Atalide; he only returns
the love of Roxane in order to become king.
– Roxane wants to dethrone Amurat by wedding Bajazet. He is reticent, which
infuriates Roxane. Acomat, and then Atalide push Bajazet to except, and he considers it.
Bajazet and Roxane make up, while Atalide wishes to die, having saved the man she
loves. Bajazet comes to tell her that he has only made vague promises to Roxane. Roxane over
hears this conversation, and begins to realize Bajazet and Atalide's relationship.
Orcan, the sultan's servant, has come home to announce that, against all odds, Amurat
has taken Babylon. Roxane receives evidence of the love between Bajazet and Atalide, and it is
these two elements which force Roxane into action: she will kill Bajazet in order to please the
sultan. Acomat, who up until now has conspired with Bajazet and Roxane, has decided to act
from now on without them.
After one final interview with Bajazet, Roxane has him hanged. After this, she is
assassinated by Orcan, who is acting under a secret order of the Sultan. The conspiracy of
Acomat is run aground, and Atalide kills herself on stage