June 2025

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Librettist: William Congreve (adapted by anonymous)
Premiere Performance: Feb 10, 1744—Royal Opera House, London, England

Sex and death. While most opera plots distill these themes, Semele is entirely about these themes. Princess Semele burns with passion for her seducer, Jupiter, king of the gods, but is ultimately brought down by his wife Juno. With the exquisite music of a genius, Semele is a love triangle soaked in sensuality, ambition, and jealousy that features many of G.F. Handel’s most beautiful arias and choruses. A company premiere of a gloriously moving masterpiece of the Baroque era.  

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Act I: 41 minutes
Intermission: 25 minutes
Act II: 46 minutes
Intermission: 25 minutes
Act IV: 66 minutes
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George Frideric Handel


George Frideric Handel was a German-born English composer of the late Baroque era, noted particularly for his operas, oratorios, and instrumental compositions. He wrote the most famous of all oratorios, Messiah (1741), and is also known for such occasional pieces as Water Music (1717) and Music for the Royal Fireworks (1749).

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