A burning love

Semele

Georg Friedrich Händel
Musical drama in three acts [1744]
Libretto by William Congreve
English
3 h 30 min, intermission included
Jupiter, the father of the gods, falls in love with Semele, the beautiful daughter of the king, just as she falls in love with him. Semele desires nothing more than to experience him in his true form: Only when he shows himself to her in all his divinity does she feel truly equal to him. Jupiter’s jealous spouse, Juno, only adds fuel to the fire of Semele’s ambition—but this leads her to ruin. The mortal Semele has nothing to protect her from Jupiter's searing presence. Semele must perish, while Jupiter goes on…

Barrie Kosky shows the gods to be just as entangled as human beings in the rules they have created for themselves, thus bringing gods and humans closer together
A pessimistic, deeply serious, but also very touching, thoughtful interpretation, closer to the baroque cult of death, the lament of the decrepitude of all existence, than to the—likewise baroque—joie de vivre and exuberance.
BR KLASSIK
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Selected Performance: 2862
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Semele
Thu, 27. Apr 2023
19:00 — 22:35
Komische Oper Berlin
Revival
Crew
Musical direction
Staging
Costume design
Dramaturgy
Lighting
Alessandro Carletti
Cast
Cadmus, King of Thebes
Semele, his daughter
Elsa Benoît
Ino, her sister
Carmen Artaza
Athamas, Prince of Bœotia
Carlo Vistoli
Jupiter, king of the gods
Juno, his wife
Iris, her confidante
Somnus, God of sleep/Priest
David Shipley
Chorsolisten der Komischen Oper Berlin, Es spielt das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin.


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14.5.2018