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Wed 18 Oct 2017

Royal Festival Hall, London

Handel’s Semele

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £10 - £75

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Venue telephone: 020 7960 4200

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Handel Semele

Christophe Rousset conductor
Louise Alder Semele
James Way Jupiter
Ray Chenez Athamas
Ashley Riches Somnus/ Cadmus
Rowan Pierce Iris
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Juno
Ciara Hendrick Ino
Jeremy Budd Apollo
Robert Davies High Priest
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Be careful what you wish for.

When Handel premiered Semele in Covent Garden in 1744, he shocked audiences expecting something solemn for Lent with this steamy, sexy story of gods having affairs with mortals.

It’s still a sensuous evocation of the illusions and delusions of love. Semele is smitten with Jupiter, but you can’t just buy a house and start a family when you’ve fallen for a god.

Enjoy extraordinary arias and probably the best chorus music in any of Handel’s operas.

Soprano Louise Alder stars in the title role. Christophe Rousset, the inspirational director of French ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, takes the conductor’s baton.

Pre-concert event

The Six Varieties of Love, with Roman Krznaric


If Semele had a more sophisticated vision of love, could her story end in a different way?

Venue details

This venue has disabled access. Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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