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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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Handel Semele

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.

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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