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HANDEL SEMELE

10th March 2015

QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

LAURENCE CUMMINGS conductor
London Handel Orchestra
London Handel Singers

SEMELE soprano, Daughter to Cadmus, belov'd by
and in love with Jupiter
ANNA DEVIN
ATHAMAS, a Prince of Bœotia, in love with, and design'd
to marry Semele counter-tenor  

ROBIN BLAZE
INO, Sister to Semele, in love with Athamas mezzo-soprano
EWA GUBANSKA
SOMNUS bass GEORGE HUMPHREYS
APOLLO tenor RUPERT CHARLESWORTH
JUPITER tenor RUPERT CHARLESWORTH
JUNO mezzo-soprano LOUISE INNES
CADMUS, King of Thebes (bass)
GEORGE HUMPHREYS
IRIS soprano MARIA VALDMAA
HIGH PRIEST alto GEORGE HUMPHREYS
Chorus of Priests and Augurs
Chorus of Loves and Zephyrs
Chorus of Nymphs and Swains
Attendants

More than any other among Handel’s English works, Semele marries the dramatic and musical potencies of opera and oratorio. Writing at the top of his form, to a hilarious libretto by one of Britain’s greatest playwrights, Handel explores intimate and fraught personal relationships amid collisions of human and immortal, parent and child, wife and mistress, the individual and society, ambition and power – with some of his most glorious melodies and stirring choruses. No wonder Semele perplexed some of Handel’s original audience and has delighted those of our own day. LHF’s performance as Handel intended – not staged, not cut – gives us a rare opportunity to hear the work for what it is, a poignant, witty, compelling drama of the heart and mind.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Andrew Radley is not able to sing for us on 10 March.

TICKET PRICES: £60 £55 £50 £45 £40 £35 £20
Booking Fee £1.75 (Members £0.00)
Concessions 50% off (limited availability)


Dr Ruth Smith will give a TALK at St George's, Hanover Square from 4-5pm on 10 March. £8 per ticket and these will be sold from the Festival Box Office from 19 January.

                           

Anna Devin Robin Blaze
Anna Devin
Ewa Gubanska
Robin Blaze
George Humphreys
Ewa Gubanska

 

Rupert Charlesworth

 

Louise Innes
Rupert Charlesworth
Maria Valdmaa
Louise Innes
Laurence Cummings
Maria Valdmaa

 

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