Georg Friedrich Händel

Semele

Baroque opera in three acts [1744]
English
3 h 15 min inkl. Pause
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The god of gods, Jupiter, kidnaps and seduces the king’s daughter Semele whose ambition, stoked by Jupiter’s jealous wife, Juno, leads to ruin. In the end, love is not the only thing reduced to ashes.
Director Barrie Kosky depicts the gods as suffering human beings, bringing them close to the viewers. »A pessimistic, serious, yet touching and thoughtful interpretation. Closer to the baroque cult of death – a lament about the fragility of existence  – than to a (also baroque) celebration of joy and abundance.« [BR Klassik]
Despite the splendid choirs typical of oratorios and the expressive arias which did not have to adhere to the rigid formula of opera seria, Handel’s contemporaries turned their noses up at the saucily erotic and more than a little humorous subject matter, which they deemed to be wholly inappropriate for an oratorio. Yet that all quickly changed. Today, Semele is one of the most popular works penned by Georg Friedrich Handel. Baroque specialist Konrad Junghänel, and artistic director Barrie Kosky discover the female will to power in the Ovidian myth.
Libretto by William Congreve
Sun., 29. December 2019, 18:00

Crew

Musical direction
Staging
Costume design
Dramaturgy
Johanna Wall
Lighting
Alessandro Carletti

Cast

Cadmus, King of Thebes
Semele, his daughter
Ino, her sister
Athamas, Prince of Bœotia
Jupiter, king of the gods
Stuart Jackson
Juno, his wife
Iris, her confidante
Somnus, God of sleep/Priest
Chorus
Chorsolisten der Komischen Oper Berlin

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