Admission: £10 - £75
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Venue telephone: 020 7960 4200
Ivor Bolton conductor
Louise Alder Semele
James Way Jupiter
Ray Chenez Athamas
Brindley Sherratt Somnus/ Cadmus
Mary Bevan Iris
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Juno
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.
Performed here in its entirety, enjoy extraordinary arias and probably the best chorus music in any of Handel’s operas.
The cast includes exciting young British soprano Louise Alder in the title role. Ivor Bolton, who conducted the our award-winning production of Handel’s Saul for Glyndebourne, takes the conductor’s baton.
This venue has disabled access.
Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross
Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment