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Wed 11 Oct 2017

Musikverein, Vienna

Handel’s Semele

Time: 7:30pm


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Handel Semele

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

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.

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