Intro: Semele

A magical new's a treasure.
Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage

1, 3, 9, 11, 15, 24, 30 June 2017
4 July 2017
Start time 5.55pm
End time c.10.15pm

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A love story with a twist; the god Jupiter is captivated by the beauty of the all-too-human Semele. Inspired by the dramatic and colourful mythological characters, Handel's music is powerfully seductive. Jupiter entrances Semele by promising that 'Where e'er you walk' he will arrange for trees to provide welcome shade, and that at her every step, flowers will blossom into life. She exults, with unabashed sensual delight, in everything that Jupiter has to offer, singing triumphantly of 'Endless pleasure, endless love'. In this parable of over-ambition and over-indulgence Semele flirts with danger by demanding immortality and suffers the consequences, leaving behind her one life-enhancing legacy - her son, Bacchus, god of wine. 

Composed in 1744, Semele features some of Handel's most exquisitely beautiful music, with soaring choruses and splendid orchestral writing enhancing this most touching and humourous opera.

Annilese Miskimmon, Artistic Director of Norwegian National Opera, will direct, with Jonathan Cohen making his Garsington Opera conducting debut. Heidi Stober and Robert Murray make their role debuts as Semele and Jupiter with the renowned Christine Rice returning to Garsington to sing Juno. 

Heidi Stober
Robert Murray
Christine Rice
Cadmus & Somnus
David Soar
Christopher Ainslie
Llio Evans
Jurgita Adamonytė
Mikael Onelius
High Priest
Christian Valle
Jonathan Cohen
Annilese Miskimmon
Nicky Shaw
Lighting Designer
Mark Jonathan
Movement Director
Sarah Fahie
Thursday 1 June
Saturday 3 June
Friday 9 June
Sunday 11 June
Thursday 15 June
Saturday 24 June
Friday 30 June
Tuesday 4 July