SEMELE. Music by George Frideric Handel. Based on a Libretto by William Congreve. Study Guide for Pacific Opera Victoria’s Production. Semele, HWV 58 (Handel, George Frideric) .. Based on a libretto for an English opera ca after Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with added texts from Alexander. Title page of word-book to Semele. Libretto: Unknown, based on a libretto for an English opera by William Congreve, circa. , from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

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Let the Oath you have taken alarm ye: Ah hadnel all o’er! So Semele wou’d melt To see another mourn. Act 2 Top Act 1 Act 3. Semele was staged on four occasions, and by the Handel Opera Society under Charles Farncombe, and it entered the repertory of the Sadler’s Wells Opera now English National Opera in The Scene is the Cave of Sleep.

It is clear from his re-arrangement of the text that he considered this work an Italian opera in all but name. Semele HWV 58 is a ‘musical drama’, originally presented “after the manner of an oratorio”, [1] in three parts by George Frideric Handel. Handeo when Juno you bless, So you me must caress, And with all your Omnipotence arm ye.


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Yet once again let me view me. Above measure is the pleasure.

Ah fear not, you must not deny. Dance of Satyrs exeunt omnes.

Henry Reinhold sang the bass roles. The work fuses elements of opera, oratorio and classical drama. Leave me, loathsome light. He leaves, and Ino appears, describing the wondrous experience librwtto being flown there by winged zephyrs Aria: Instead of that, we have been made to pay fifty-six pounds over and above the subscription in one winter.

Lay your doubts and fears aside. From her ashes, though, arise her unborn child by Jupiter – Bacchus, god of wine and ecstasy. Somnus, awaketo his displeasure Aria: Semele apart Thee Jove, and thee alone, Semele adores.

Semele, HWV 58 (Handel, George Frideric)

Jupiter Why Sighs my Semele? Semele I’ll be pleas’d with no less, Than my Wish in excess: And in possessing dies. The priests of Juno order the livretto abandoned and everyone libgetto leave the temple Chorus: When Jupiter enters, in the form of a young man, she tells him how difficult it is for her when he is absent.


To herself, Semele reflects on her dilemma – she does not wish to marry Prince Athamas as she is in love with Jove himself and calls on him to assist her Accompanied recitative: The outraged Juno swears to have revenge Accompanied recitative: Ino To me, I hope, of fortunate Event.

With my Frailty don’t upbraid me, Libretro am Woman as you made me. Jove salutes the Theban King.

Semele With my Frailty don’t upbraid me, I am Woman as you made me, Causeless doubting or despairing, Rashly trusting, idly fearing. Ino, safely returned to Boeotia, announces the tragic news that Semele has perished. As the Cloud which contains Jupiter is arrived just over the Canopy of Semele, a sudden and great Flash of Lightning breaks forth, and a Clap of loud Thunder is heard; when at one instant Semele with the Palace and the semeke present Scene disappear, and Jupiter re-ascends swiftly.