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Georg Handel


Newburgh Hamilton after a libretto by William Congreve for John Eccles


10 February 1744, London (Covent Garden)




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About the opera Semele

Semele (HWV 58) is a 1743 opera (initially presented as an oratorio) in three acts by George Frideric Handel. It is based on the classical myth of Semele, mother of Dionysus.
In the early 1740s, oratorios at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, were George Frideric Handel's chief concert activity in London. Several of them — Israel in Egypt (written 1738), Messiah (1741) and Samson (1743), for instance — bore some semblance to Greek tragedy, and this led Handel to venture into the world of classical drama.

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Roles in Semele

Jupiter Tenor
Cadmus Bass
Semele Soprano
Athamas Contralto
Ino Mezzo-Soprano
Somnus Bass
Apollo Tenor
Juno Mezzo-Soprano

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Popular videos from Semele

Handel Semele HWV 58 Where er you walk Andreas Scholl 4978
Where er you walk
Andreas Scholl

All scenes from Semele

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Where er you walk Popularity:

Opera: SemeleComposer: HandelAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: English