The Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment: Handel's Semele at Southbank Centre

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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Louise Alder, the exciting young soprano, team up for this performance of Handel's provocative opera Semele.

Be careful what you wish for. You don't always want to see your lover for who they really are.

When Handel premiered Semele in Covent Garden in 1744, he shocked audiences expecting something solemn for Lent with this steamy, sexy story of gods having affairs with mortals.

It's still a sensuous evocation of the illusions and delusions of love. Semele is smitten with Jupiter, but you can't just buy a house and start a family when you've fallen for a god.

Performed here in its entirety, enjoy extraordinary arias and probably the best chorus music in any of Handel's operas.

Soprano Louise Alder stars in the title role, while Ivor Bolton, who conducted the OAE's award-winning production of Handel's Saul for Glyndebourne, takes the conductor's baton.


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Ivor Bolton conductor

Louise Alder soprano, Semele

Ray Chenez countertenor, Athamas

James Way tenor, Jupiter

Brindley Sherratt bass, Somnus, Cadmus

Rowan Pierce soprano, Iris

Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano, Juno

Ciara Hendrick mezzo-soprano, Ino

Jeremy Budd tenor, Apollo

Robert Davies bass, High Priest

Choir of the Age of Enlightenment


Handel: Semele

Venue Details & Map

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
0844 847 9910
Public transport:
Underground and Rail Stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross or Waterloo East Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, York Road, Belvedere Road and Stamford Street.

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